Pharyngeal Cancer

Pharyngeal Cancer The term pharyngeal disease refers to any disease of the throat (pharynx). The throat is part of both the respiratory system and the digestive system, delivering life-giving oxygen and life-sustaining nourishment to the body. How Asbestos Affects the Pharynx When tiny asbestos fibers are inhaled or swallowed, they may become permanently lodged in the soft tissues of the throat. The body’s immune system recognizes the fibers as foreign bodies, kicking defenses into high gear and resulting in inflammation and scarring. Because asbestos fibers break down so slowly, they can remain in the body for many years, creating an ideal environment for infection and disease to develop. In the worst case, asbestos fibers in the throat can lead to cancer of the pharynx. Pharyngeal cancer typically grows silently, showing no symptoms until the disease has reached advanced stages. Symptoms of Asbestos-Related Pharyngeal Disease The symptoms of pharyngeal cancer include: * Sore throat * Coughing * Trouble swallowing; a feeling of a “lump” in the throat * Breathlessness * Change in voice * Pain in the ear * Infection If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and have a history of exposure to asbestos, you may wish to talk to your doctor. Diagnosis and Treatment for Asbestos-Related Pharyngeal Disease There are no specific tests for cancer of the pharynx. Your doctor will want to review your health and work history and perform a thorough physical

Asbestosis In addition to mesothelioma, another asbestos danger is asbestosis. With asbestosis, lung tissue is damaged by asbestos fibers. The fibers cause inflammation and scarring. Asbestosis occurs when scar tissue replaces lung tissue. This particular asbestos danger produces shortness of breath and coughing. It may also cause permanent lung damage. While asbestosis is noncancerous, it is a progressive and chronic, or long lasting, lung ailment. Asbestosis usually progresses slowly. Like mesothelioma, asbestosis usually takes 10-20 years to develop after asbestos exposure. Asbestosis has been known as an asbestos danger for as long as mesothelioma has been known to be a danger. The connection between asbestos and these two ailments was first reported in 1943. Studies have shown that people at greatest risk for this asbestos danger are those with high levels of exposure to asbestos for a long period of time. Studies show a clear relationship between the amount of asbestos inhaled over a lifetime and the development of asbestosis. People with low levels of asbestos exposure for a long duration also developed asbestosis. Asbestosis has been shown to lower a person’s resistance to secondary diseases, like pneumonia, emphysema, and tuberculosis. In some cases, asbestosis may have caused these types of diseases to become fatal. Many people with asbestosis also develop mesothelioma, a rare and deadly form of cancer. This is especially true for asbestosis
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  • SheilaJOliver:

    See how Stockport Council in Cheshire, England are exposing 550 primary school pupils and 78 babies in the nursery to danger:-­­o

    “Experts” clear brown asbestos from Harcourt School site.