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Protecting Your Lungs – Does Anything Help Prevent Mesothelioma?

Everyone has seen and heard reports regarding asbestos exposure and the resulting diseases that it causes, including the most common result of inhaling asbestos fibers – mesothelioma. Health-conscious people have also taken the time to learn about different behaviors and strategies available to them to help protect the general health of their lungs, as other substances that were prevalent in our culture at one time have since been found to be extremely harmful.

Below is a brief look at some of these behaviors, the type of damage they are intended to prevent and whether or not these strategies can help a person avoid the horrific diagnosis of mesothelioma.

Not Smoking

Smoking used to carry a sophisticated image with it, and nearly every old movie featured heavy smoking by the main characters. Of course, smoking is now basically reviled as a behavior, as entire cities and their restaurants and taverns are beginning to outlaw smoking within their establishments. Of course, smoking has been linked almost indisputably to the development of lung cancer, which is a disease that’s nearly as terminal as mesothelioma.

However, will avoiding smoking prevent the development of mesothelioma if you’ve been exposed to asbestos? The answer is no. Smoking definitely exacerbates the problems that are caused by mesothelioma, and will also weaken the respiratory system that’s attempting to fight mesothelioma if it does develop.


Another strategy that’s been well documented is that a healthy routine of exercise will preserve people’s respiratory health. This is very true, and exercise will also generally prolong life because of the benefits it provides to the circulatory system and the heart. However, unfortunately, even marathon runners with incredible breathing capacities will generally succumb to mesothelioma if they are exposed to too much asbestos.

The reason is that people are inhaling a foreign substance, and not producing one within their own bodies, except for the membranes that surround the fibers inside the lungs. Regardless of your respiratory or cardiovascular health, mesothelioma will eventually choke off your lungs’ ability to expand and retract within the normal breathing motion.


In general, reasons including those listed above are among those to keep in mind when considering why asbestos is so dangerous. If you have been exposed to asbestos, seek immediate medical attention. You should also contact an asbestos lawyer at Williams Hart to schedule a free initial consultation.

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