Asbestos exposure
can cause incurable cancer Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is rapidly growing health issue that is caused by asbestos exposure.

 

So let’s have a look at what is mesothelioma and asbestos:

What is mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a very rare form of cancer that primarily develops in the lining of the lungs or the abdomen. The symptoms of mesothelioma don’t appear in the earliest stages but it appears during the advanced stage when the treatment is not effective. This disease is caused by asbestos and has no known cure and the worst prognosis but there are various therapies that can help the quality of life and reduce pain levels.

Mesothelioma affects the tissue in our body known as the mesothelium. It is a very thin layer that covers all the organs of our body. Asbestos fibers, when inhaled or ingested, can lodge in this tissue. It stays there for years and causes inflammation, scarring, and deformation. This ultimately results in cancer, mesothelioma. Mesothelioma cancer has various types occurring in different area of the body:

  • Pleural : this is the most common type affecting lungs caused by inhaling asbestos fibers
  • Peritoneal:  It occurs in the lining of the abdominal area
  • Mesothelioma of the Tunica Vaginalis: it is the rarest form affecting testicles
  • Pericardial: this form affects the lining of the heart

The symptoms of mesothelioma may differ for every type but generally, it includes weight loss, unusual lumps of tissue, pain, painful coughing, and shortness of breath.

These are the early symptoms common to many diseases so the diagnosis of mesothelioma mostly occurs during its advanced stages.

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