Cancers and other forms of diseases are usually called
depending on the body part or internal organ
where abnormal growth of malignant cells takes place.
In the case of mesothelioma, abnormal cells grow in
the mesothelium, a superficial cell layer that covers and
protects most internal organs. Normally the
the mesothelium produces a small amount of fluid to
lubricate its layers, one of which covers directly
organ – and allow the movement of organs, such as the
expansion and contraction of the lungs. A mesothelioma
the mesothelium of the cancer patient produces too much of this
lubricating fluid, thus damaging nearby tissues and
organs The most common form of mesothelioma is pleural
Mesothelioma, which begins in the pleural or
Peritoneum, the membrane that lines the thoracic cavity.
and covers the lungs.
About 2,000 cases of mesothelioma have been observed
annually in the United States. This is still a rare disease.
consider, although reported incidents have
scaled in the last two decades. It has been observed
and proven that intense and prolonged exposure to asbestos is
The main cause of mesothelioma. Asbestos is a group of
minerals in strong, flexible and fibrous form. This
Used in industrial products such as cement, brake
coatings, textiles, electrical insulation, floors
products, chemical filters, flame retardants and
others. This explains why most patients with mesothelioma
they are working on construction sites, shipyards and
companies manufacturing these industrial products.
Small asbestos particles float in the air and are
either inhaled or swallowed by workers or people
within the neighborhood. Apart from mesothelioma, these
people can get asbestosis, a chronic non-cancerous disease
lung disease and other forms of lung cancer,
Laryngeal and kidney cancer.
Asbestos-related mesothelioma comprises only 70 to 80
percent of all reported cases of said
Cancer. Cases of mesothelioma were reported in which
the patients had no known exposure to
asbestos. Some have been exposed only for a short time
period of time but still developed cancer from 20 to 50
years after exposure, as in the case of a
Mesothelioma cancer patient who only washed clothes
that have been exposed to asbestos Similarly, asbestos
fibers that have been trapped in the hair strands of a
the factory worker can also risk the health of others who
he lives with. That is why it is important for workers
exposed to asbestos to change clothes and take a
shower before leaving the workplace to avoid your
family members or peers for inhaling asbestos
particles and therefore of acquiring mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma cancer forms slowly. Why one
develops cancer many years after exposure to
asbestos. Some develop cancer fifty years after
exposure, which makes it difficult to determine if the
person has mesothelioma or not, especially when the
The patient has no knowledge of asbestos exposure.
In addition, malignant mesothelioma shows signs similar to
those of other ailments such as pneumonia. Symptoms of
Pleural mesothelioma is also evident in other diseases.
include: shortness of breath, persistence of cough,
Weight loss and chest pain. Peritoneal mesothelioma,
which affects the abdominal cavity, is indicated by
swelling and pain in the abdomen, weight loss, intestine
obstruction, anemia, blood clotting abnormalities and
A complete physical exam is needed to make sure
One has mesothelioma cancer. This includes x-rays of the
Part of the body where symptoms are felt or seen, CT scan
and magnetic resonance. To confirm mesothelioma, a biopsy is also
performed by a surgeon or oncologist (a doctor who
specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of a
Cancer). The tissue sample removed by the surgeon is
examined by the pathologist. Once confirmed, the doctor
then discover the extent of cancer, which is
crucial for the treatment of mesothelioma. Although
malignant, mesothelioma when diagnosed before may
Still be treated. Most patients with mesothelioma undergo
Surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy.