Mesothelioma Affecting Children

By: John Porter

Mesothelioma must have drawn your attention as eye-catching headlines. Yet the general mass is not fully aware of this deadly cancer.

Mesothelioma cancer makes you its prey when your body has remained under the influence of environment carrying asbestos fibers in abundance. The majority of the Mesothelioma patients come from the industrial sector that deals with asbestos manufacturing, shipping yard or mining and even automotive plants. The general victims are the workers in these factories who often work under unprotected and unhealthy conditions.

Age no bar

Mesothelioma is not at all an adult disease. The obvious question in your mind then is whether Mesothelioma is a sexually transmitted disease that can happen from the mother to the child. Well this is absurd to think even. How then is it possible that little children too are becoming victims of the Mesothelioma cancer?

Anything contaminated with asbestos can become the reason to cause Mesothelioma in you only if you have remained in close contact with it for a long time. It has been found that children who are suffering from Mesothelioma have a close connection with asbestos. It may happen that the child lives in a house with asbestos roof and that's a pretty old one. In that case the asbestos fibers contaminate the surrounding air and you inhale the asbestos fibers in your normal breathing process.

Slowly the child picks up the infection and water starts clogging in the Mesothelioma sacs surrounding the lungs and the heart and even the abdominal cavity. In due course of time the problem takes an adverse shape and tumors form in the various internal cavities of the kid's body. Finally the child is a cancer patient. And the little one might die anytime.

Indirectly affected

Children are mostly the passive victims of Mesothelioma. Their parents can infect them if anyone in the family works in an asbestos manufacturing or construction company. The transmission takes place through the contact with air. If the kid's dad in a worker in the asbestos company then in some form or the other he carries asbestos fiber or dust along with him to his home mostly in his clothes and other usable accessories. This happens on a regular basis year after year and may be by the end of seventh year when your son is in the sixth standard it is diagnosed that he is a patient of Mesothelioma. There is no other word to explain this situation except for calling it to be really tragic.

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