Mesothelioma Cancer – The Mesothelioma Center
Mesothelioma is a malignant tumor caused by inhaled asbestos fibers. It usually affects the lining of the lungs, however mesothelioma tumors can also form on the linings of the abdomen, heart, and testes.
Pleural mesothelioma is the most common form, accounting for 75% of all cases. It affects the lining of the lungs, and symptoms can include shortness of breath, chest pain, dry coughing and more. The second more common type is peritoneal mesothelioma, which forms in the lining of the abdomen. Although less common, other forms of mesothelioma include pericardial (heart), and testicular mesothelioma.
Asbestos exposure is the leading cause of mesothelioma. Asbestos is a group of six naturally occurring minerals composed of soft, flexible fibers. It was previously used in many consumer products due to its heat resistance.
Those at high risk of developing mesothelioma are blue-collar workers, veterans, and family members of those regularly exposed to asbestos fibers. Firefighters, construction workers, power plant workers, shipyard workers, and others are at high risk of occupational asbestos exposure. U.S. Navy veterans also face health risks due to the abundance of products that were used in many of the military products before the 1980’s.
Due to its long latency period, about 20-50 years, most patients are diagnosed in their late 60’s. Men also account for a majority of mesothelioma diagnoses.
Interventions for Mesothelioma can involve clinical trials, conventional cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation, surgery as well as alternative therapies.
It is a silent killer with most cases generally ignorant. Are you exposed to asbestos regularly ? Then this may interest you
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Source: Mesothelioma Cancer Center, USA
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28 Oct 2020