Mesothelioma is an asbestos-related cancer affecting the linings of the lungs or abdomen. It is usually caused by exposure to asbestos dust - when a person breathes in asbestos fibres, these can work their way into the pleura, which is the membrane which protects the lungs from damage by the ribs during the act of breathing. The asbestos fibres can damage the pleura’s cells and can cause changes which, it is thought, make them into cancerous cells.
Around 200 people in Scotland are diagnosed with mesothelioma each year.
Even though Tayside Bronchiectasis Support Group is by definition a narrow-focus set up we have invited a speaker from a local asbestos action group to speak to us about asbestosis. There are respiratory similarities but not as serious as cancer, and some of the connections are linked to breathlessness and other breathing difficulties.
This should be an engrossing presentation and I anticipate a deal of questions and fact finding from our members. I shall keep Health Unlocked readers informed after the 28th of February 2018. If anyone has a question that you think I should ask then please reply to this announcement and I will do my best to raise it with the speaker from Tayside Asbestos Action.