What Is Mesothelioma Cancer?
Mesothelioma is a cancer that is difficult to treat. After a mesothelioma diagnosis is made, the majority of patients will not live longer than eighteen months. There are various reasons for this, including the nature of disease after diagnosis and the lack of an effective surgical method to remove the tumor.
While most cases of mesothelioma occur in the lungs, can also occur in the abdominal mesothelium, called the peritoneum, or pericardium. While mesothelioma is most common in the lungs, it is important to differentiate between mesothelioma and lung cancer. They are two very different types of cancer and require different treatment of different types.
Signs and symptoms of mesothelioma may not appear until 20 to 50 years (or more) after exposure to asbestos. Shortness of breath, cough, and pain in the chest due to an accumulation of fluid in the pleural space (pleural effusion) are often symptoms of pleural mesothelioma.
For approximately 3,000 people each year suffer from mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is most often caused by exposure to asbestos.
Malignant mesothelioma is the most serious of all asbestos-related diseases. Although rare, mesothelioma cancer is no longer considered rare. The main causes and risk factors for mesothelioma is asbestos exposure.
Make a correct diagnosis with mesothelioma is very difficult for physicians because the disease often appears with symptoms that mimic other common diseases. Have not found a cure for mesothelioma, but treatments such as surgery and chemotherapy have helped improve the prognosis of typical mesothelioma.
Pleural mesothelioma (affecting the protective layer of the lungs in the chest cavity) represents about three-quarters of all mesothelioma incidence. While peritoneal mesothelioma that affects the abdominal cavity and pericardial mesothelioma that affects the heart cavity, representing the rest of mesothelioma incidence. Testicular mesothelioma is rare and usually looks typical with peritoneal metastases from various.
There are three types of mesothelioma cell types that have been identified. Between 50 and 70% of all mesotheliomas are of this type of epithelium. While this outlook is still considered to be less aggressive than the sarcomatoid mesothelioma and biphasic mesothelioma, which covers the rest of the diagnosis of cell type.
Although cancer is more common in men over the age of 60 (mostly caused by exposure to the industry in an industry dominated male workers), mesothelioma in women and children have been described may also occur. Mesothelioma in women and children mainly causes of associated with secondary exposure to asbestos. Because it has often occurred to male workers brought asbestos into the home through their body or clothing if proper cleaning facilities are not available in the workplace.