Mesothelioma is a rare cancer of the thin membranes
lining the thoracic and abdominal cavities and surrounding
organs, including the gastro-intestinal tract. Virtually
cases of mesothelioma are linked with asbestos exposure. Symptoms
of mesothelioma include: shortness of breath, pain in the lower
back or side of the chest, coughing, and weight loss. Mesothelioma is especially dangerous because it can affect people who have
experienced even low or intermittent levels of asbestos exposure.
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Malignant mesothelioma is a cancer of the lining
of the lung, abdominal cavity, or heart. It is almost always
caused by exposure to dust that contains asbestos. Significantly,
even brief exposures to asbestos, lasting a matter of weeks,
can place a person at risk for this rare disease. More importantly,
all commercial types of asbestos fibers can cause malignant
mesothelioma. Even more disturbing, symptoms from the disease
can show up as long as 20 or more years after the first exposure
to dust containing asbestos.
The most common form of malignant mesothelioma attacks the lungs. This type of mesothelioma is known as malignant pleural mesothelioma. Individuals with this condition may sometimes initially seek medical attention because of chest pain, shortness of breath, weight loss, coughing, or general weakness, although other symptoms may also cause someone to seek medical attention. Sometimes, cancer can be discovered on a routine chest x-ray—even before an individual has symptoms. Individuals often present to doctors with a collection of fluid in the pleural space called a pleural effusion, which can be recognized by a physician.
Ultimately, a trained pathologist makes the diagnosis of pleural mesothelioma after conducting a microscopic review of the individual’s tissue.
Malignant peritoneal mesothelioma is a cancer of the membrane that covers the abdominal cavity, or stomach. Individuals with this condition may initially seek medical attention because they have abdominal pain, abdominal swelling, loss of appetite, weight loss, weakness, or other disturbing symptoms. With this type of the disease, fluid can accumulate in the abdominal space, which can cause or contribute to the above symptoms. Depending on medical care, a tumor may be discovered on an x-ray of the abdomen conducted for routine purposes even before symptoms occur.
As with malignant pleural mesothelioma, the diagnosis of malignant peritoneal mesothelioma is based on a pathologist’s microscopic analysis of an individual’s tissue.
It should be noted that malignant mesothelioma can also develop in other locations in the body, such as in the tissue surrounding the heart or around the testicles.
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