Misinformation can lead to confusion, and confusion to delays. Delays can be catastrophic when it comes to treatment options for deadly diseases like mesothelioma. As a result, it is helpful to take some time to debunk some of the more common myths associated with this disease.
What are some common myths about mesothelioma?
Three of the more common myths surrounding mesothelioma include:
- If you find asbestos, remove it. It is common knowledge that asbestos is dangerous and can lead to serious diseases like mesothelioma. It may seem wise to take prompt action to immediately remove asbestos if it is found in areas like our home or a local school. This is not always the best course of action. Removal of the material can result in exposure to asbestos particles and increased risk of developing mesothelioma. As a result, it is best to have an experienced specialist take care of removal.
- It takes a lot of asbestos to cause mesothelioma. Asbestos is dangerous for many reasons, including the fact that it does not readily break down. Once it is in your lungs, it remains for decades. Although certain factors increase the risk of developing the disease, even a small amount can result in mesothelioma.
- Victims with mesothelioma have clear and obvious symptoms. Unfortunately, mesothelioma symptoms do not become apparent until decades after asbestos exposure. When symptoms do emerge, they can include difficulty breathing, low oxygen levels, pleural effusion or fluid buildup and fatigue.
Like most diseases, an early diagnosis generally allows the victim more treatment options. Debunking these myths can help to better ensure victims receive prompt treatment.