What is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a cancer that affects the thin membrane protecting several of the body’s most important organs, including the lungs, abdomen and heart. Each year, there are roughly 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma in the United States. At this time, asbestos exposure is the only known cause of mesothelioma. Many industries, such as construction, manufacturing, and the military, have used asbestos in a variety of materials. It may take decades from the time of asbestos exposure for mesothelioma to develop.
What Are the Symptoms of Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma symptoms can take 10 – 50 years to emerge after initial exposure to asbestos. Symptoms are often mistaken for less serious illnesses, which can complicate early diagnosis. When symptoms present, patients should seek medical attention, as early detection may improve mesothelioma prognosis.
Common Symptoms of Mesothelioma
Chest pain or abdominal pain
Shortness of breath
Fever and night sweats
Causes of mesothelioma
Asbestos is the solely definitive reason behind mesothelioma. when asbestos fibers are inhaled or ingested, they may become embedded in the lining of the lungs, abdomen, or heart. Over time, the fibers cause inflammation and scarring. This irritation can eventually cause the development of mesothelioma tumors.