What is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos when the minerals fibers become disturbed and airborne. This disease affects the lining that covers some of the bodys most vital organs, including the lungs, heart and the abdominal cavity. Sadly, mesothelioma is fatal in the majority of cases, but treatment for the cancer can help victims to manage the disease if caught early.
Treatment generally includes one or more of the following:
Common Symptoms of Mesothelioma
Symptoms of mesothelioma cancer can closely resemble those of a common cold or flu, which is why many cases go undiagnosed. Symptoms can also be mild, which stops victims from seeking serious medical attention. However, successful treatment and management of mesothelioma is only possible if the cancer is caught right away.
If you or someone you love was exposed to asbestos or are showing any of the following symptoms (especially multiple symptoms), seek medical attention immediately:
- Chest pain
- Muscle weakness
- Night sweats
- Pain while breathing
- Persistent dry cough
- Shortness of breath
- Stomach pain
- Sudden loss of appetite
- Unexplained weight loss
Who is Most at Risk of Developing Mesothelioma Cancer?
Most often, those who suffer from mesothelioma were initially exposed to asbestos at their place of employment. In the past, asbestos was used widely across the United States and other parts of the word due to its durability, insulation capacities, and strength. Most commonly, it was found in construction materials, pipes, and shipyard materials. As a result, the majority of mesothelioma victims are people who have been previously employed in construction, manufacturing, shipping, or automotive industry jobs.
The cancer develops after the victim breathes in asbestos fibers. It can happen at work, or it can happen at any point thereafter. Because the minerals fibers become airborne, they can also become lodged in the victim’s clothes. If the victim goes home with infected clothing, their families may also breathe in the asbestos dust and develop mesothelioma as a result.
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