Laryngeal Cancer

Laryngeal Cancer The larynx is the organ that contains the vocal cords. Located between the pharynx and the trachea, the larynx is lined with little hairs called cilia, which trap dust and tiny particles and move them toward the pharynx to be expelled by coughing, sneezing, or nose blowing. The cilia are the immune system’s first line of defense in the respiratory tract. The vocal cords, by nature, disrupt airflow — a fact that may contribute to inhaled asbestos fibers becoming lodged in the larynx. The presence of asbestos fibers triggers the body’s immune response, and white blood cells attack the fibers, resulting in inflammation and scarring. Because some of the symptoms of asbestos-related laryngeal cancer are similar to those of several common illnesses, diagnosis can be difficult. Symptoms include: • Voice changes or hoarseness • A lump in the neck • A sore throat or the feeling of something stuck in your throat • A lingering cough • Breathing problems • Earache • Bad breath • Unexplained weight loss If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and have a history of exposure to asbestos, you may wish to talk to your doctor. If your doctor determines that your symptoms require further investigation, he or she may conduct one or more of the following, and will explain your treatment options should a cancer diagnosis occur: Physical examination Laryngoscopy Computed Tomography (CT) scan Biopsy If you or a loved one has a history of asbestos exposure
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Secondhand Asbestos Exposure The health risks of coming into direct contact with asbestos are widely known today. But it’s only in the last few years that the dangers of secondhand asbestos exposure have become apparent and begun warranting the attention of families who have been affected by multiple mesothelioma or asbestos-related illnesses – with some seeking asbestos settlements as a result. Secondhand asbestos exposure occurs when a person is indirectly exposed to asbestos through either a household member or the environment. It is increasingly being recognized as a direct cause of mesothelioma, lung cancer and other types of serious asbestos-related illnesses. In the Household One common scenario for secondhand asbestos exposure is when a person lives with someone who handles asbestos or asbestos products at work. In many industrial settings, even as late as the 1970s, there were no showers or changing areas for asbestos workers. Instead, workers had no choice but to carry the white asbestos dust home on their clothes, shoes and hair. When their children would hug them—or when their wives would move, sort and wash their clothes—the carcinogenic particles would be released into the air, exposing the entire household to its dangers. In the Environment Secondhand asbestos exposure can also happen when a person lives close to a source of asbestos. Do You Have a History of Secondhand Asbestos Exposure? Like firsthand exposure to asbestos, the symptoms
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