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Daemon
Posted: Saturday, May 10, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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10-Year Cancer Survival Up in England and Wales

Better diagnostic tools as well as treatments are helping cancer patients live longer in England and Wales. Half of people now being diagnosed with cancer there will survive for at least a decade, double the rate of the early 1970s. However, for some cancers, like pancreatic cancer and lung cancer, survival rates remain extremely low. London-based Cancer Research UK lauded the progress but said that further inroads need to be made and set a goal of 75 percent 10-year survival within two decades. More...
tintin
Posted: Saturday, May 10, 2014 8:28:49 AM

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My husband died as a result of asbestosis after only a few months of exposure, but it was 30 years later that the cancer was evidenced. Apparently there is no substance on this earth that can break down asbestos, is this true?
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tintin wrote:
My husband died as a result of asbestosis after only a few months of exposure, but it was 30 years later that the cancer was evidenced. Apparently there is no substance on this earth that can break down asbestos, is this true?


Diseases from asbestos exposure usually take a long time to develop as it is the small fibers that are inhaled into the lungs and can not be expelled. Most cases of lung cancer or asbestosis in asbestos workers occur 15 or more years after initial exposure to asbestos. Tobacco smokers who have been exposed to asbestos have a "far greater-than-additive" risk for lung cancer than do nonsmokers who have been exposed. When asbestos fibers are inhaled, most fibers are expelled, but some can become lodged in the lungs and remain there throughout life. Fibers can accumulate and cause scarring and inflammation. Enough scarring and inflammation can affect breathing, leading to disease.

Asbestos is naturally occurring mineral as a natural component of soils or rocks. Naturally occurring asbestos can be released from rocks or soils by routine human activities, such as construction, or natural weathering processes. If naturally occurring asbestos is not disturbed and fibers are not released into the air, then it is not a health risk.
People are more likely to experience asbestos-related disorders when they are exposed to high concentrations of asbestos that are being used commercially as insulators, or as concrete binders such as ACP water pipe. Inhaling longer, more durable asbestos fibers (such as tremolite and other amphiboles) contributes to the severity of asbestos-related disorders.

Exposure to asbestos can increase the likelihood of lung cancer. Changes in pleura such as thickening, plaques, calcification, and fluid around the lungs (pleural effusion) may be early signs of asbestos exposure. These changes can affect breathing more than previously thought. Pleural effusion can be an early warning sign for mesothelioma (cancer of the lining of the lungs). Most cases of asbestosis or lung cancer in workers occurred 15 years or more after the person was first exposed to asbestos. Most cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed 30 years or more after the first exposure to asbestos. Asbestos-related disease has been diagnosed in asbestos workers, family members, and residents who live close to asbestos mines or processing plants. Health effects from asbestos exposure may continue to progress even after exposure is stopped. Smoking or cigarette smoke, together with exposure to asbestos, greatly increases the likelihood of lung cancer.
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