Ajaib, Kuli Bangunan ini Berhasil Kumpulkan Biaya Sekolah Anak Rp10 Juta, Disaat Dirinya tak Punya Uang


Rodaberputar.com-Pak Saefuddin  hanya bekerja sebagai kuli bangunan. uang yang dihasilkan dari kerja kerasnya tersebut hanya cukup untuk  kebutuhan sehari-hari. Walau demikian, Ia berhasil memasukkan anaknya di Pondok Gontor Putri, yang biaya masuknya mencapai 10 juta. Keajaiban apa yang dialami oleh Saifuddin?. Simak kisahnya, seperti yang diceritakan oleh  Beni Sulastiyo.

Malignant mesothelioma, similar to many other types of cancers, is caused when the body’s DNA is damaged. DNA damage occurs in mesothelioma victims when they are exposed to asbestos over a long period of time, typically at job sites that used asbestos-containing products or by using household products for extended periods that contained asbestos. In rare instances, some victims may have developed mesothelioma after short-term exposure to asbestos, but in the majority of cases, victims were exposed to large amounts asbestos for extended periods of time. Unlike many cancers, mesothelioma does not have a large number of causes. One of its alternate names is asbestos cancer because its primary cause is long term exposure to asbestos. There is evidence, however, that asbestos is not the only cause even though it leads as the #1 reason victims get the disease. If you or a loved one suffer from mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, or asbestosis, you may qualify for substantial compensation. Currently, there is over $30 billion in asbestos trust funds, awaiting those who’ve been diagnosed with an asbestos illness. Fill out our form to get a free Financial Compensation Packet. You’ll learn about the top mesothelioma lawyers in your area, how to get paid in 90 days, how to file a claim for the asbestos trust funds, and more. Primary Cause of Mesothelioma: Asbestos Exposure As previously mentioned, mesothelioma is primarily caused by prolonged exposure to asbestos. Prior to the 1980s, many homes, buildings, work sites, and materials were built using asbestos because of its positive properties: heat and fire resistance. After extensive research and investigations determined that asbestos is extremely harmful to people, the majority of businesses and manufacturers stopped using it. However, this was decades after a massive amount of individuals had already been exposed. In other instances, even though it was determined that asbestos was dangerous, several businesses continued to use it as their profits would have seriously suffered had it been eliminated. In 2009, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) confirmed the investigations and findings, and released a statement that informer the public that the primary cause of mesothelioma is asbestos exposure. In addition, the statement reported that workers who were around asbestos on a daily basis run the highest risk of getting mesothelioma. The most common work sites associated with using asbestos include factories, plants, steel mills, schools, asbestos mines, and asbestos processing plants. Yet, people at home are also at risk, especially if they live in an area close to a natural-occurring asbestos deposit site. Two other studies performed in 2010 by the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation and the Cancer Institute revealed again, that the main cause of mesothelioma is via asbestos exposure. However, it usually takes a hefty amount of asbestos exposure before a victim contracts mesothelioma. Once the fibers enter into the system, it’s almost impossible for the body to expel them. The fibers then begin to attack the mesothelium which in turn causes lesions to form. Over time, cells in the damaged tissue become cancerous and form tumors. It can then take up to 50 years for the first symptoms of mesothelioma to surface. How Asbestos Attacks the Body People are exposed to asbestos by inhaling the fine fibers that the mineral produces. These fibers then get lodged in the lungs. Asbestos can also be unknowingly swallowed, and the fibers make their way down to the abdominal area. Unfortunately, once asbestos fibers are in the body, as previously mentioned, it’s almost impossible to remove them all. As time moves on, these fibers can cause significant damage to the body, which can lead to mesothelioma. Although scientists and physicians are still trying to determine exactly why asbestos fibers cause cancer, there are several theories that are currently being researched: Changes in Genetics: Asbestos can disrupt mesothelial cells, which are naturally-occurring cells in the body. This in turn hinders the functions of the cells, which can lead to cancer. Inflammation of Cells: When the body’s cells become irritated, inflammation and scarring occur. Consequently, it leads to cell damage and cancer. Free Radicals: Asbestos produces free radicals in the body. Once this happens, DNA can become damaged, which leads to cancer. Oncoproteins Growth: When asbestos is in the body, cells begin producing oncoproteins. Oncoproteins hinders normal cell production, which can consequently lead to cancer. Secondary Cause of Mesothelioma: Drug Interactions Some mesothelioma patients have not been exposed to asbestos. Researchers have found links between a drug called Thorotrast and mesothelioma. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), patients administered the drug are at an elevated risk of developing lung carcinoma and mesothelioma. Thorotrast is a mixture of particles that was used primarily in the 1930s and 1940s when performing x-ray imaging. It helped physician produce high quality images, yet unfortunately, the particles remain in the human body. In addition, Simian Virus 40 (SV40), has been linked to mesothelioma. SV40 is a virus that was found in a few species of monkeys and later found in Polio vaccinations. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 90 million Americans received a Polio vaccination between 1955 through 1963. It was during this time period that the Polio vaccine was contaminated with SV40. Although humans typically aren’t susceptible to mesothelioma after getting the vaccine, studies have shown that at least 40 patients with mesothelioma also have traces of SV40. More research needs to be done in order to understand how this happens. Erionite Another possible cause of mesothelioma is exposure to erionite. Though much less common than asbestos exposure, erionite is similar to asbestos in that both are naturally-occurring minerals that are harmful when ingested or inhaled. Furthermore, erionite has been shown to mimic the same process of development as asbestos-related cancers, taking up to 50 years for the first symptoms to appear. The biggest difference, however, is that erionite is inhaled and ingested primarily through the environment and not in the workplace. Studies have also shown that erionite poses a higher risk of victims developing mesothelioma and other types of lung cancers when compared to asbestos. Mesothelioma also develops more quickly and with less exposure to erionite as opposed to asbestos. Erionite can be sometimes found in volcanic ashes that have been modified via weather changes and water. In some rare instances, erionite has been found in water purification systems and softeners. Usually however, erionite is found in natural deposit sites. There are known erionite deposits throughout the world, including: Russia Japan Germany Turkey Kenya Italy In the United States, erionite deposits can be found in: North Dakota Wyoming Arizona Oregon Nevada California Utah Turkey yields the highest amount of erionite. In fact, in the village of Tuzkoy, there is an extremely high amount of malignant mesothelioma victims because of the naturally-occurring yet excessive amount of erionite deposits surrounding the area. Several of the village people use erionite as food storage which further exposes them to risk. In the United States, scientists are still studying the adverse effects of erionite, particularly in North Dakota. When compared to asbestos, there currently is little information regarding the health risks of erionite. Genetics Although extremely rare, some experts have suggested that certain people may be predisposed genetically to mesothelioma. In fact, a research funded by the National Institutes of Health (NHI) found a specific mutation gene called the BAP1, that makes the carriers of the gene at great risk for developing both mesothelioma and melanoma of the eyes. These people are also at a much higher risk of developing an asbestos-related disease if they are ever exposed to the mineral. In addition, people with BAP1 are also at risk for developing different kinds of cancers such as breast, ovarian, pancreatic, and renal. Regardless of the way someone contracts mesothelioma, the symptoms are almost always the same. Keep in mind, though, that some people may exhibit more symptoms than others, and it typically takes decades for the even the most common symptoms of mesothelioma to surface. Typical symptoms include: Chest pain that can fluctuate from minor to severe Fluid buildup in the lungs Difficulty swallowing and pain when attempting to swallow Overwhelming sense of fatigue and lethargy Nausea and vomiting Unexplained weight loss Dyspnea (shortness of breath) Dry coughing, wheezing, and/or hacking Pleural effusions Less Common but More Serious Symptoms Lung Collapsing Coughing up blood Nerve damage in the arms Blood clots on the hands and arms Horner’s Syndrome (rare condition that affects the nerves in the eyes and face) Getting Legal Help If you’ve been injured by mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, or asbestosis, keep in mind that there is a good chance that you’ll qualify for considerable compensation. Don’t forget to fill out our form to get our free Financial Compensation Packet, filled with information on the leading asbestos and mesothelioma attorneys in your area. If you have questions or need additional assistance, contact us at 800-793-4540.

Kemarin, saya menjenguk anak lagi di Gontor Putri 2, Mantingan. Saya dapat informasi putri saya tertusuk paku. Saya khawatir lukanya parah lalu terancam kena tetanus. Makanya tanpa pikir panjang saya langsung cuss pergi ke Pondok Gontor Putri.

Karena bukan hari libur, suasana Bapenta (ruang tunggu tamu) sangat sepi. Hanya ada dua walisantri yang saya jumpai. Salah satunya Pak Saifuddin yang fotonya saya pajang ini. Gagah kan? Hehee.

Selama beberapa kali mengunjungi Pondok Gontor Putri, saya tak pernah berjumpa dengan beliau. Pertemuan sore kemarin, adalah kali pertama saya berjumpa dengannya. Walaupun demikian, kami cepat akrab.

Pak Saifuddin adalah tipe orang yang senang bercerita. Sementara saya, adalah seorang yang senang mendengarkan orang bercerita. Maka kloplah sudah kami berdua. 🙂

Pak Saefuddin adalah seorang walisantri. Anaknya, Nurbainah seangkatan dengan anak saya yang masih duduk di kelas 1 KMN (setara dengan kelas 1 SMP) Gontor Putri 2 Mantingan. Asrama anaknya sama dengan Asrama yang ditempati putri saya.

Pak Udin mengaku bekerja sebagai kuli bangunan. Ia berasal dari Dukuh Lo Bulakamba, Kabupaten Brebes. Jarak tempat tinggal beliau dari Pondok Gontor Mantingan sekitar 300 Km atau sekitar 10 jam perjalanan dengan menggunakan bis umum.

Selama anaknya mondok di GP2, ia mengaku telah belasan kali mengunjungi anaknya. Tidak menggunakan bis umum, tapi menggunakan motor roda dua.

Pak udin bercerita, kalau ia berangkat dari kampungnya pukul 9 malam, maka ia akan sampai di GP2 sekitar pukul 7 pagi. Selama 10 jam menempuh perjalanan itu, Pak Udin hanya berhenti 3-4 kali.

Di tengah perjalanan itu, seringkali Pak Udin menerobos hujan. Tapi ia tak peduli. Ia enggan berhenti walau rintik hujan tajam menerjang.

“Kalau menunggu hujan berhenti, saya tak bakalan sampai. Waktu saya akan habis di perjalanan”, ujar Pak Udin sambil tersenyum.

Semua itu ia lakukan demi anaknya, Nurbainah. Nurbainah adalah putri pertamanya. Anak keduanya juga seorang perempuan. Sekarang masih duduk di kelas 5 SD.

“Saat masih remaja, saya pernah sangat ingin belajar di pesantren. Tapi sayang, ayah saya tak mengijinkan. Saya diminta ayah saya mengurus adik-adik saya serta membantu ayah saya mencari nafkah buat menghidupi keluarga. Akhirnya saya harus memendam cita-cita saya”, ujarnya.

Pak Udin terpaksa harus mengikuti permintaan ayahnya. Setelah menamatkan sekolah dasar, Pak Udin tak melanjutkan sekolahnya. Ayahnya tak mampu membiayai sekolahnya. Sementara tenaganya sangat diperlukan untuk mencari nafkah untuk menghidupi keluarganya.

Namun, pada saat itu, Pak Udin bernazar bahwa jika nanti ia memiliki anak, maka anaknya harus bisa sekolah di Pesantren. “Tak apalah jika saat ini saya tak tak bisa sekolah di pesantren. Tapi anak saya nanti harus bisa”, begitu cerita Pak Udin mengenang masa mudanya.

Saat telah dianugrahi anak, Pak Udin mendidik anak-anaknya agar giat belajar. Anak-anaknya harus bisa belajar di Pondok agar dapat mengenyam pendidikan yang lebih tinggi darinya.

Nurbainah, putri tertuanya itu lalu tumbuh sebagai anak yang cerdas. Menurut Pak Udin, anaknya selalu rangking satu di kelas. Prestasinya belajarnya juga sangat menonjol di seluruh kecamatan. Anaknya bahkan sering dikirim mewakili kecamatan untuk mengikuti berbagai lomba di tingkat Kabupaten. Dan selalu menang.

Saat lulus Sekolah Dasar, seorang kepala sekolah SMP negeri menawarkan putrinya masuk tanpa syarat apapun. Bahkan tanpa membayar biaya sepeserpun. Tapi tawaran itu ditampik Pak Udin. Pak Udin tetap fokus pada tekadnya. Ia tetap ingin menyekolahkan anaknya di pesantren.

“Lalu kok bisa pilihannya di Gontor, Pak? Emang dapat informasi dari mana?”, tanya saya.

“Dari Internet!”, ujarnya.

Pak Udin lalu bercerita ia tak punya satupun teman yang bisa ditanyai tentang pesantren terbaik. Rata-rata teman seprofesinya tak tamat SD pula. Walau demikian Pak Udin ternyata bukanlah manusia gaptek. Ia mencari informasi lewat internet.

“Trus apa yang Bapak ketikkan saat cari informasi di Internet?”, tanya saya penasaran.

“Saya ketik ‘pesantren modern’ saja. Trus keluar Pesantren Modern Darussalam Gontor”. Ujar Pak Udin polos.

Sejak itu, ia mencari informasi yang berkaitan dengan Pondok Modern Gontor Darussalam. Informasi yang ia dapatkan itu lalu ia ceritakan pada anaknya. Ia bilang ke anaknya tentang kehebatan-kehebatan PM Gontor. Ia juga bilang pada anaknya, bahwa ia akan dapat cepat menguasai bahasa asing jika belajar di pesantren itu.

Ternyata anaknya sangat berminat. Pak Udinpun tambah bersemangat.

Pak Udin pun mencari informasi lagi tentang biaya masuk yang diperlukan dan aneka persyaratan lainnya lewat internet. Ia mencatat semuanya. Dari internet itu ia mengetahui bahwa biaya awal yang harus ia siapkan untuk masuk di PM Gontor sebesar Rp 5,3 juta.

“Saat itu saya tak punya uang sepeserpun. Jangankan uang tabungan, uang untuk makan sehari-hari saja seringkali kami kesulitan. Tapi saya berdoa kepada Allah siang dan malam. Saya yakin Allah Maha Kaya. Ia pasti akan mencukupi kebutuhan hambanya. Pasti!”, jelas Pak Udin mantab.

Lalu Pak Udin berikhtiar. Ia telah merencanakan berangkat ke Pondok Gontor Mantingan pada tanggal 3 syawal. Masih ada beberapa hari untuk menyiapkan uang untuk mendaftarkan anaknya ke pesantren itu. Sayangnya semakin dekat waktu keberangkatan, Pak Udin tak kunjung mendapatkan rejeki.

“Minimal saya harus punya uang Rp 10 juta. 5,3 juta untuk biaya masuk. Sisanya untuk perbekalan dan membeli perlengkapan mondok anak saya. Tapi hingga 3-4 hari jelang keberangkatan, saya belum mendapatkan uang sepeserpun”, jelasnya.

Tapi, tak disangka-sangka satu hari sebelum keberangkatan, Pak Udin mendapatkan rejeki. “Saya tak tau dari mana. Ada yang tiba-tiba membayar hutang, ada pula yang memberikan pekerjaan”, cerita Pak Udin.

Singkat cerita, Pak Udinpun akhirnya berangkat bersama anaknya dengan bekal uang Rp 10 juta di tangan. Saat itu berangkat dengan menggunakan bis umum. Ia tak berani naik motor karena tak tahu arah jalan.

Setelah mendaftarkan anaknya di Gontor Putri, iapun meninggalkan anaknya di pesantren itu. Ia harus pulang kampung.

“Saya tak mungkin lama-lama menunggui anak saya. Saya harus bekerja kembali agar bisa menafkahi keluarga. Maka dengan berat hati, saya menitipkan anak saya yang masih kecil itu pada orang tua salah satu calon santri. Setelah itu saya langsung balik kampung. Saya harus bekerja lagi”, ujarnya.

Menjelang pengumuman, Pak Udin kembali lagi ke Pondok Putri Mantingan. Kali ini ia mengendarai motor bebeknya. Ia beralasan, menggunakan motor lebih hemat. Kalau naik kereta atau bis biayanya bisa 90 ribu. Kalau naik motor hanya perlu mengisi bensin full tank sebanyak dua kali. Biayanya hanya sekitar Rp 40 ribu.

Setelah merayapi jalan berdebu dan terik matahari di sepanjang jalan, Pak Udinpun sampai di Pondok Gontor Putri 1 Mantingan untuk mendengarkan pengumuman.

Sayangnya, hingga pengumuman terakhir, nama anaknya tak kunjung disebutkan oleh pengelola pondok. Itu berarti anaknya tak diterima di Pondok idaman ayah dan anak itu.

Kedua insan itu menangis tersedu-sedu sambil berpelukan. Sedih karena harus menerima kenyataan putrinya tak lulus ujian.

Namun, Pak Udin tak berlarut dalam kesedihan. Ia tetap bertekad, anaknya tetap harus bisa sekolah di Pondok idamannya. Dan ia yakin bahwa Allah pasti akan memberikan jalannya.

Akhirnya Pak Udin berencana memasukan putrinya ke Pondok Alumni. Pondok Alumni adalah pondok yang didirikan oleh Alumni Pondok Modern Gontor. Pondok Alumni ini biasanya membuka pendaftaran di Pondok Gontor untuk menampung calon santri yang gagal lolos pada ujian masuk.

Tanpa menunggu lama, Pak Udin langsung mendaftarkan anaknya di Pondok Alumni. Ia berharap tahun depan anaknya bisa mencoba lagi ikut ujian masuk di Pondok Modern Gontor Putri.

Ayah dan anak itu berpantang pulang surut ke belakang. Perjuangan tetap harus dilanjutkan. Warbiyassah!

Maka hari itu pula, Pak Udin membawa anaknya menggunakan motor bebek SupraX andalannya untuk mendaftar ke Pondok Alumni di daerah Jawa Timur. Setelah menempuh perjalanan darat selama 3 jam, Pak Udin sampai di Pondok Alumni itu lalu mengurus pendaftaran masuk anaknya.

Setelah selesai, Pak Udin lalu bergegas pulang. Ia harus kembali ke kampung karena perbekalannya sudah habis. Ia harus kembali bekerja agar dapat membiayai perjuangannya menwujudkan cita-cita.

Setahun setelah mondok di Pondok Alumni, Pak Udin mengajak anaknya untuk mendaftar kembali ke Pondok Gontor Putri Mantingan. Anaknya ternyata masih bersemangat.

Sayangnya, saat itu Pak udin tak mempunyai dana untuk membayar uang pendaftaran anaknya.

“Saya kembali harus menyiapkan uang pendaftaran sekitar lima juta dan uang untuk biaya perlengkapan nyantri dan perbekalan sekitar 5 juta. Minimal saya harus punya 10 juta lagi. Dan saya tak punya uang sepeserpun saat itu”, ujar Pak Udin.

Pak Udin terus berikhtiar. Sembari memohon kepada Allah siang dan malam.

Ia sangat yakin Allah akan memenuhi kebutuhannya. “Saya sangat yakin Allah pasti akan memenuhi kebutuhan hambanya. Saya kan tak meminta rejeki untuk hura-hura. Saya hanya meminta rejeki untuk kebutuhan anak saya dalam menuntut ilmu agama. Dan saya yakin Allah pasti mengabulkannya”, cerita Pak Udin.

Dua hari menjelang keberangkatan uang yang diharapkan tak kunjung ada. “Eh sehari sebelum berangkat, tiba-tiba Allah memberi saya rejeki. Saya mendapatkan uang yang jumlahnya pas dengan kebutuhan saya. Dan uang yang saya dapat itu bukan uang hasil utangan. Uang itu hasil dari kerja yang saya lakukan sebelumnya”, ujar Pak Udin.

Dengan bekal uang ngepas itu, ia berangkat kembali menggunakan motor bebek kesayangannya, menjemput anaknya di Pondok Alumni lalu mendaftarkan kembali ke Pondok Gontor Mantingan. Perjalanan yang ia tempuh lebih dari 13 jam. 10 jam menuju ke Mantingan, 3 jam menunju Pondok Alumni. Esoknya ia kembali lagi ke Pondok Gontor Mantingan untuk mendaftarkan anaknya untuk yang kedua kali.

“Allah Maha Baik. Saat pengumuman, alhamdulilah anak saya diterima di Gontor Putri dua”, ujar Cerita Pak Udin. Matanya berkaca-kaca.

Padahal saat itu, cerita Pak Udin, saudara dan teman-teman di kampungnya banyak yang mencemooh tekad Pak Udin untuk menyekolahkan anaknya di Gontor. “Bahkan ada yang bilang bahwa Gontor itu sekolah orang kaya, sekolah para pejabat, sekolah anak-anaknya menteri. Sementara saya hanyalah orang kampung, kuli bangunan, hanya tamat sekolah dasar. Tak mungkinlah saya bisa menyekolahkan anak saya di pondok hebat ini”, lanjut Pak Udin dengan logat banyumasan yang kental.

“Tapi saya tak peduli. Saya hanya percaya bahwa Allah pasti akan membantu saya. Dan Alhamdulillah anak saya dapat diterima di pondok idaman kami ini”, ujar Pak Udin.

Pak Udin lalu menceritakan prestasi anaknya saat mondok di Gontor Putri 2. Ia bilang bahwa anaknya baru saja dikukuhkan sebagai MISS LANGUAGE di Pondok Gontor Putri 2.

Miss Language adalah sebuah predikat yang diberikan kepada santriwati yang sangat menonjol dalam penguasaan bahasa arab dan bahasa Inggris. Ruang lingkup predikat itu bukan hanya satu kelas saja, tapi meliputi kelas 1 hingga kelas 3 yang jumlahnya bisa ribuan santri.

Hal itu berarti diantara ribuan santriwati kelas 1 hingga kelas 3 se-gontor putri 2, Nurbainah, putri kesayangan Pak Saefuddin adalah santriwati terbaik dalam penguasaan bahasa asing.

Saat menceritakan prestasi anaknya sebagai Miss Language itu, Pak Udin meneteskan air mata, sementara saya…sudah lebih dulu meneteskan air mata ….hik-hik.(*)

Diceritakan kembali oleh Beni Sulastiyo.

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Although mesothelioma, also known as asbestos cancer, is a rare disease, it is one of the most lethal forms of cancer ever diagnosed. Additionally, it’s one of the most difficult types of cancer to detect because of its long period of dormancy: a mesothelioma patient can live between 20 to 50 years before the first symptoms show up. When a patient does become symptomatic, doctors often lose precious treatment time because mesothelioma warning signs mimic symptoms of common respiratory ailments. In addition, it is also an aggressive type of cancer that can spread quickly from the affected body areas to other organs. These factors, when combined with the demographics of who is more susceptible to the disease, make mesothelioma especially deadly. If you or a loved one suffer from mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, or asbestosis, you may qualify for substantial compensation. Currently, there is over $30 billion in asbestos trust funds, awaiting those who’ve been diagnosed with an asbestos illness. We invite you to fill out our form today for a free Financial Compensation Packet, filled with information about top mesothelioma lawyers in your area, how to get paid in 90 days, how to file an asbestos trust fund claim, and much more. Statistics According to a 2009 report by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 18,068 patients diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma died between 1999 and 2005. Though year-to-year figures may vary, the annual death rate of mesothelioma patients is an average of 14 per every million. When compared, this is still a small percentage of the entire population. Yet, its particular lethality and relative rarity make mesothelioma a disease with extremely low survival rates. Although survival rates in mesothelioma patients depend on a wide range of factors, a patient can expect an post-diagnosis survival time of between four months to a year and a half. Keep in mind, however, that there are always exceptions to this rule and each patient should talk to their physician about their own personal health and expectations. Generally, how long a patient lives after mesothelioma has been diagnosed depends on an array of variables such as age, gender, race, and overall health. For instance, if a patient is a male between 25 and 34 years of age and in good physical condition with no preexisting conditions, his chances of surviving longer than 18 months are promising. Patients such as these benefit from early detection and surgical treatment of the disease. Keep in mind, however, that this age group is one of the least affected by asbestos-related cancer. The average survival rates for older patients is bleaker. According to the American Cancer Society (ACC), even though 5-10% of patients diagnosed with mesothelioma can live for five years or more after the initial diagnosis, these individuals are usually young with cancers that can be surgically treated. Since the average mesothelioma patient tends to be a white male aged 60-70 who was heavily exposed to asbestos during his active work years, the cancer is already well-developed and can’t be treated with surgery. Older patients also may have debilitating health issues, such as cardiopulmonary diseases and hypertension, which help to reduce their lifespans. Patients in these two age brackets (65-74 and 75-84) have the highest death totals. From the years 1999 through 2005, 12,150 out of the 18,068 recorded mesothelioma deaths were happened to victims ages 65 through 84. Survival Rate Facts to Consider Generally speaking, it is typically difficult, if not impossible, to predict accurate life expectancy after a patient is diagnosed with mesothelioma. Along with each patient’s case being different from the next, the disease is still considered a new and a unique form of cancer, and averages based on the tumor-lymph node-metastasis (TNM) staging process are still difficult to evaluate at this point. However, studies suggest that a patient’s post-diagnosis life expectancy will depend on a combination of several factors: Latency: Unfortunately, mesothelioma has an extremely long latency period, typically up to 20 to 50 years after exposure. This makes it difficult to get an early detection, therefore, shortening survival rate. The sooner the disease is detected, the higher your life expectancy and survival rate. The Stage of the Disease After Diagnosis: Victims in Stage I or II of the disease have a much better survival rate than those who are diagnosed in later stages. Tumor Removal: Surgery is usually not an option as most cases of mesothelioma are discovered after the disease has advanced to its later stages. However, if the disease is caught early and the tumor can be surgically removed, survival rate is usually prolonged. Age: As aforementioned, age plays a huge role. The younger the patient, the better chance they have in surviving longer and increasing life expectancy. Yet, although rare, older patients in optimal physical health may has just as good of a chance as younger patients. Area of the Disease: Mesothelioma affects different regions of the body. The majority of mesothelioma cases affect the pleural area of the body, but there are instances in which the abdominal cavity and other body areas will be impacted by the disease. Since pleural mesothelioma is the easiest to treat, victims with this form of mesothelioma have a higher life expectancy. However, victims with epithelial mesothelioma have the highest survival rates of all forms of the disease. Additional Information for Patients to Consider Although the grim facts of survival rates of mesothelioma can be discouraging, keep in mind that the statistics do not reflect everyone’s situation. For example, an Australian victim named Paul Kraus has been living with mesothelioma after being diagnosed in 1997. This is just one of the several instances in which victims have went on to defy the odds and live much longer than the average life expectancy of a mesothelioma victim. Per the ACC, all victims should remember that current statistics are based on patients that have been treated many years ago. As science progresses, the life and expectancy and survival rate may improve for more victims as mesothelioma treatment options advance. Getting Legal Help If you’ve been injured by asbestos, keep in mind that there is a good chance that you’ll qualify for considerable compensation. Don’t forget to fill out our form to get our free Financial Compensation Packet, filled with information on the leading asbestos and mesothelioma attorneys in your area. If you have questions or need additional assistance, contact us at 800-793-4540.

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