November Lung Cancer Awareness Month!

Not only is November the month of Movember which is fund raising for Men’s Health but it is also Lung Cancer Awareness monthimagesQ3ZD41AF

I have recently been talking to a fellow blogger, runner and mother  Heather who herself is a survivor of a rare form of cancer commonly found on the lung called pleural mesothelioma.

Not many people know about this type of Cancer which can effect the lungs, stomach, and heart and so its very important to get this information out there.

This type of cancer is caused by exposure to asbestos who’s fibers can be inhaled through the nose or mouth. They may eventually become embedded in the lining of the lungs causing inflammation which can result in mesothelioma or asbestosis which is scar tissue in the lungs.

Also swallowing these asbestos fibres could lead to peritoneal mesothelioma which is a malignancy which can be found in the abdomen.

Im guessing many people will be thinking ‘but when will i ever get exposed to asbestos?’. I know for a fact many old houses from the 50’s right up until 1999 had asbestos insulation in the roofs and walls!

And how do i know this? because not only have i seen several programmes on it but my parents house even had it.

Also if a family member works in an industry that might expose them to asbestos fibres they could well bring them home on their clothes, hair and other items.

And according to the British Lung Foundation it can also be found in; pipe insulation, ceiling Tiles, boilers, electrical boxes and many other places. http://www.take5andstayalive.com

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance website has all the information about Mesothelioma Cancer including, causes, symptoms, survivor stories and much much more and worth a visit! http://www.mesothelioma.com

Even though its a rare type of cancer it is still a cancer and the more people who know about it the more it can help others. Just making people aware that this exists may help someone out there get treatment quicker or even save a life.

Cancer in any form can be devastating for the person who has it, their families and those closest to them. I lost a family member to cancer when i was a teen and just recently one of my Sister’s lost her bestfriend to cancer and is still coming to terms with the loss.

So for me writing this blog post was something close to my heart if i can help get some awareness out there to others regarding this rare type of cancer! And hopefully through this get them some more well deserved support.

If you want to read more about Heather and her story you can find her page here: http://www.mesothelioma.com/heather

There are also many Mesothelioma cancer charities for the UK and here is just one of them: http://www.mesothelioma.uk.com

If your a runner and would like to raise money for this type of Cancer then Miles for Meso is the charity for you: http://www.milesformesothelioma.org

 

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