Mesothelioma Cancer is a rare form of cancer resulting from exposure to asbestos fibers. Many people who develop Mesothelioma cancer have worked in industries where they inhaled asbestos particles, or they have been exposed to asbestos dust and fibers in other ways, such as washing the clothes of a family member who worked around asbestos. Mesothelioma is a life-threatening disease that should not remain untreated.
There are three types Mesothelioma cancers
- Pleural Mesothelioma — 75% of all Mesothelioma cases (most common)
- Peritoneal Mesothelioma — 10%–20%
- Pericardial Mesothelioma — 5%
Mesothelioma cancer that attacks the following areas;
- The Pleura (lining that protects the lungs and chest cavity).
- The Peritoneum (membrane that forms the lining of abdominal cavity).
- The Pericardium (sac of fibrous tissue that surrounds the heart).
Mesothelioma cancer occurs in the mesothelium.
The mesothelium is composed of mesothelial cells that line the body’s serous cavities and internal organs. The mesothelium consists of two layers of cells; one layer surrounds the internal organs and the other layer forms a sac around the internal organs.
Mesothelioma cancer has a low survival rate because it is not usually diagnosed until it has reached the later stages of Mesothelioma. It is important to talk to your doctor if you think that you may have been exposed to asbestos at any time as it is the first step to an early diagnosis.
If you have worked with or have been exposed to asbestos, even if it was many years ago, you should inform your doctor and get screened for Mesothelioma cancer, even if you do not feel sick.
Important Facts About Mesothelioma
- Mesothelioma is best treated when diagnosed early.
- 3,000+ Mesothelioma cases are diagnosed each year.
- Mesothelioma is diagnosed mostly in men over the age of 40.
- Many patients that experience Mesothelioma symptoms are not yet diagnosed.
- Patients often experience symptoms for 4-6 months before a Mesothelioma diagnosis is made.
The most common Mesothelioma symptoms are;
- Shortness of breath (difficulty breathing)
- Persistent coughing
- Pain in chest or abdomen
- Severe weight loss
- Severe loss of appetite
- Difficulty sleeping at night
- Raspy or husky voice
- Heart Palpitations
- Difficulty Swallowing
- Fluid in the lining of the chest, lungs, or abdomen
- Extreme fatigue after minimal activity or exertion
Severe cases can include blood clots, accumulation of fluid in the lungs, bowel obstruction, nausea, fatigue, pleural effusion, yellowing of the eyes and skin (jaundice), low blood sugar, and severe acites.
When Talking to Your Doctor
We tell our callers when talking with your doctor it is best to tell him about your asbestos exposure and make sure that he puts the exposure information in your medical record. It is very important to have the exposure documented in the event you need to file an asbestos related claim today or in the future.
Some doctors are not trained to diagnose Mesothelioma cancer and other asbestos related cancers. It is important that you ask him to rule out “Mesothelioma”, “Asbestosis” and any “Asbestos” related cancers when you meet with your doctor. If you do not have a doctor we can help you contact an experienced Mesothelioma Asbestos doctor in your state.
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