New Surviving Mesothelioma Article Explains Why Mesothelioma Fears Remain for 9/11 Survivors

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Fifteen years after the terrorist attack on New York, some injuries inflicted on that day have yet to surface.

Mesothelioma's Long Latency

9/11 Mesothelioma Fears Linger

The biggest worry for ...anyone who has been exposed to asbestos is that asbestos fibers stay in the body causing irritation and inflammation that can lead to mesothelioma.

A new article posted on the Surviving Mesothelioma website says it could take at least another five and as many as 20 years for first responders and others on the scene of the 2001 World Trade Center bombing to know if they have deadly malignant mesothelioma. Click here to read the new article now.

Mesothelioma, which is caused almost exclusively by exposure to asbestos dust, can take decades to develop, leaving the estimated 60,000 first responders who were at the scene on 9/11 vulnerable for decades.

An estimated 400 tons of asbestos, a popular building material additive in the 1970s when the Twin Towers were completed, was used to construct the buildings. When they came down, a huge cloud of toxic asbestos-containing dust was released into the air.

“The biggest worry for people who were on the scene on 9/11 - and for anyone who has been exposed to asbestos - is that these fibers stay in the body causing irritation and inflammation that can lead to mesothelioma even decades down the road,” says Alex Strauss, Managing Editor of Surviving Mesothelioma. "This is why it can be so difficult to associate mesothelioma with a particular exposure event."

Although mesothelioma is extremely rare, even among asbestos-exposed people, at present, scientists are unable to predict who is most likely to get a mesothelioma diagnosis and who is not.

In the meantime, Surviving Mesothelioma suggests that anyone exposed to asbestos be familiar with the early symptoms and get regular medical exams. For more on the symptoms of pleural mesothelioma and the risk to 9/11 survivors see Mesothelioma Diagnosis Still a Possibility for 9/11 Survivors, now available on the Surviving Mesothelioma website.

For nearly ten years, Surviving Mesothelioma has brought readers the most important and ground-breaking news on the causes, diagnosis and treatment of mesothelioma. All Surviving Mesothelioma news is gathered and reported directly from the peer-reviewed medical literature. Written for patients and their loved ones, Surviving Mesothelioma news helps families make more informed decisions.

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