November holds special significance for mesothelioma patients, their families and those who care for them. It is not only Lung Cancer Awareness Month, but also National Family Caregivers Month, and National Hospice/Palliative Care Month.
Mesothelioma lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm believe that this is the ideal month to show maximum support to people who developed mesothelioma from asbestos exposure. It is the time to advocate for the rights of mesothelioma sufferers and to push for better treatment options.
Mesothelioma patients and their loved ones can take advantage of this month and increase awareness of the disease and educate U.S. residents of the problems that the mesothelioma community faces.
Information from the American Cancer Society reveals that over 226,000 new cases of lung cancer will be diagnosed in the United States in 2012. An additional 160,340 deaths from lung cancer are expected, which is about 28% of all cancer deaths.
This National Lung Cancer Awareness Month, the Cancer Institute of New Jersey is making experts available to talk about the risk factors associated with the disease along with prevention and treatment options.
Asbestos exposure and cigarette smoking are risk factors for lung cancer in general. Specifically, exposure to asbestos is known to cause mesothelioma, a destructive and rare form of lung cancer. It is diagnosed in nearly 3,000 Americans every year and is notoriously difficult to detect and treat.
When someone is exposed to asbestos, the symptoms of a related disease would show themselves only after 10 to 50 years. Consequently, a mesothelioma victim is diagnosed with the disease only after it has reached an advanced stage. By this time, the patient faces deadly complications and only a few treatment options.
As the tumors progressively spread, physicians usually suggest treatments to handle the symptoms and also ensure the patients a better quality of life. Often, physicians order palliative care to help reduce pressure, stop bleeding and reduce pain.
The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization designated November as National Hospice Month. This is an effort on the part of the organization to encourage Americans to increase their awareness and understanding of end-of-life care.
National Family Caregivers Month is also significant for mesothelioma patients and their loved ones. Caregivers are essential for mesothelioma patients to assist them in their dietary, medical and exercise routines. Their services ensure that the household moves smoothly, as they handle a large number of medical bills, medical appointments and convey the latest health status of the patient to family and friends.
We hear many stories of brave mesothelioma victims and how they continue to fight their disease. Recently, there was a story of a woman whose husband was diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma after both her stepfather and father died from the disease.
Her husband developed the disease from various jobs that exposed him to
asbestos. He underwent multiple surgeries following the diagnosis and
is thankfully still alive. His next scan is scheduled for November 13th
and his wife is hoping for the best. She continues to offer her knowledge
and support to other people suffering from cancer.
Stories like this should be a source of motivation for mesothelioma patients to not give up hope, and to keep fighting.
If someone in your family developed mesothelioma from long-term exposure to asbestos, do not delay treatment – the person’s life depends on it. Also, get in touch with an asbestos lung cancer lawyer to discuss legal action.