Friday, February 5, 2010

The Mayor of Landon Road Dies from Mesothelioma

“The Mayor” of Landon Road,  Robert W. Landon died from mesothelioma. He served U.S during the second world war 2. He used to work in the cargo ships, engine rooms etc and this could have been the reason for exposure to asbestos. It is widely used in military ships, but is extremely harmful to inhale the dust. When it lodges into the thin membrane that lines the chest cavity and protects the lungs, called the mesothelium, it can cause tumors to form.

There are 5 different types of mesothelioma and the most common is pleral mesothelioma which is also most difficult to cure. More often than not, the symptoms will be visible only after 20 to 30 years of exposure.
This form of cancer is rare but deadly as the statistics tells us that single digit percent of people will live after 5 years of diagnosis and the prognosis is dependent on multiple factors which wsa discussed in my other post.

Asbestos should have been long banned but it still widely used in western countries. A number of people in hundreds are dying and many are puzzled what wrong they have done. Many people who developed mesothelioma go for settlements with the employer to secure the future of their dependants. Although therapies such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy can be used, it is usually inoperable.