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Dr. Eric Toloza
435 doctors shared insights

Mesothelioma (Definition)

Mesothelioma is a rare cancer of the lining of the lungs. Symptoms include shortness of breath, abdominal pain, and weight loss. It is usually caused by exposure to asbestos fibers. Most people exposed to asbestos, however, do not develop mesothelioma. Rather, they are at much higher risk of cancer of ...Read more


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Best noninvasive test for mesothelioma. Asbestos exposure daily for a year in 1980. Dry cough and some sob on exertion. Think CT negative. Worried?

Best noninvasive test for mesothelioma.  Asbestos exposure daily for a year in 1980.  Dry cough and some sob on exertion.  Think CT negative.  Worried?

Mesothelioma : though only 2500-3000 cases and a rare cancer in US, the most cases found were 1970-1984 after wwII and shipyard asbestos exposure. Distinguishing mesothelioma from lung adenocarcinoma is difficult. Tissue biopsy is the definitive diagnosis, and CT, MRI, and PET scans are mostly noninvasive for staging the extent of disease once diagnosed. Try mesobook.com and good luck! ...Read more

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My 2 years old was exposed to asbestos insulation from old heater for 2 months . How high is her chance of developing mesothelioma from this exposure?

Not very high!: Although personal injury attorneys would have you believe that trivial asbestos exposure will doom you to mesothelioma, in fact, it took fairly heavy long term exposure typically in shipyard workers to produce this effect. Furthermore, most victims were also heavy smokers. So unless your daughter was showered with asbestos fragments her risk is likely rather low. Keep her from 2nd hand smoke! ...Read more

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What types of conditions should make me worried about asbestos exposure?

What types of conditions should make me worried about asbestos exposure?

Varies: Asbestos is generally found in older buildings in heating systems and vents, ceiling tiles and "popcorn" ceilings, and some types of flooring. Exposure is only a concern when these areas are being removed or demolished. This must be done only by individuals certified to remove these materials. ...Read more

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I've purchased a full-mask respirator as a precaution from asbestos exposure. Is there anything else I need?

I've purchased a full-mask respirator as a precaution from asbestos exposure. Is there anything else I need?

Clothing: Asbestos can cling to clothing; if you are working around broken asbestos or asbestos dust, it is worthwhile wearing full hazardous material protective clothing. Any work around broken or damaged asbestos is best done by professionals trained in this work. The consequences of asbestosis (such as COPD or cancer) are not worth the risk to a non-professional in my opinion. ...Read more

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Work in VERY old bldng at a desk.Bldng has modern air cndtng unit,but frame is original.If asbestos is in walls,etc,will i get mesothelioma from air?

Test: Depending on the age of the building, materials used, and condition of the building you may be at some slight risk. Testing is available and if performed would help confirm or allay your fears as well as protect others in the building. You may want to check as testing may have already been done when they put in the new air conditioning system depending on local regulations. ...Read more

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What are the risk of childhood asbestos exposure? I was exposed to asbestos as a child. I'm now a middle-aged adult. Is there a risk i'll develop cancer?

What are the risk of childhood asbestos exposure? I was exposed to asbestos as a child. I'm now a middle-aged adult. Is there a risk i'll develop cancer?

Yes: Depending on the amount of exposure, you can be at risk of developing cancer as an adult from your childhood asbestos exposure. Please discuss this further with your doctor for surveillance. ...Read more

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Dr. Beatrice Taylor
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Asbestos (Definition)

Asbestos is a silicate mineral that was used extensively in construction as insulation for buildings. It was later found to cause lung disease in humans, and is no longer used in construction. However, the demolition of old building continues to put some people at risk of ...Read more


Asbestos Exposure (Definition)

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