July 17th, 2013
| Supporter: Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma is one of the hardest types of cancer to detect, and this delay in diagnosis often comes at the cost of the patient’s life. Read more to find out to better understand this "quiet cancer."
Exposure to asbestos causes a rare and lethal type of cancer called mesothelioma. Although asbestos may not be considered a dangerous material when it’s in good condition, once the fiber deteriorates and becomes airborne these small particles can cause cancer of the heart, lungs and abdomen when inhaled.
Asbestos can be found in some of the basic building materials used for construction, especially during the mid to late twentieth century. Thus, the most likely victims of mesothelioma are people who have greater exposure to asbestos fibers such as construction workers. The danger of these materials was previously unknown to people in the past and many people who suffer from mesothelioma ignore the symptoms until they become severe because the initial symptoms of the disease can be similar to general aging.
It is important for those who have been exposed to asbestos in their younger years to see a doctor who can examine the symptoms and diagnose them accordingly. The sooner the diagnosis is made, the higher number of options for mesothelioma treatment and the increase of survival.
There are several different types of malignant mesothelioma:
Many people are aware of the dangers of asbestos exposure, but don’t know a great deal about mesothelioma because it is rare among other cancers. While the most affected individuals are those who have worked or lived in the environment where asbestos is present, people who have genetic predisposition for certain types of cancer are also at risk of developing peritoneal mesothelioma. Those who are suffering from these types of cancer may experience pronounced discomforts of the abdomen and develop a noticeable abdominal mass or lump. Additional symptoms may also include diarrhea, constipation, compromised cardiovascular functions and nausea as well as bowel obstruction.
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