What constitutes Mesothelioma Cancer?
National Cancer Institute describes Mesothelioma Cancer as a “malignant mesothelioma. Mesothelioma Cancer is a rare form of cancer. It is a disease in which cancer cells (that are malignant) are found in the cavity lining in the chest, the cavity lining of the abdominal, or the cavity lining surrounding the heart. Mesothelioma Cancer covers a large range of differing elements of cancer. We will look these below.
What Are the Different Types of Mesothelioma Cancer?
First – Mesothelioma Cancer is developed by over exposure and repeated exposure to asbestos fibers. This type of cancer can take many years to develop.
Types of Mesothelioma Cancer:
Pleural Mesothelioma (Lung): 75% of all Mesolthelioma Cancer is Pleural Mesothelioma. This type of cancer is caused by the continued breathing in of asbestos for a long period of time. Symptoms of this disease are pain when breathing, difficult swallowing, non-productive cough and pain in your chest. These symptoms are all tied to the extra pressue being exerted on your lungs due to the thickening of the pleural membrane in addition to the increase in fluid levels around the membranes. As the cancer progress you may see lumps under the skin in the chest area. Surgical removal is usually the option of choice for Stage 1 and 2. Stages 3 and 4 of this disease are given pain killers and chemo.
Pericardial Mesothelioma (Heart). This form of Mesothelioma is very rare. The diagnosis rate for Pericardial Mesothelioma is 1 to 5 % of all Mesothelioma Cancer Cases. Due to the location of the cancer this type of cancer is very difficult to treat. Symptoms include trouble breathing, painful breathing and irregular hear rate due to fluid build up around the heart. Mortality rate for this type of cancer is very high. Surgery and chemo are not very successful with this type of cancer.
Testiticular Mesothelioma (Testes). This is the rarest type of Mesothelioma Cancer with less than 100 cases being truly diagnosed. This type of Mesothelioma has not been studied much due to the rariety of the disease. Surgical removal is the perferred method of action.
Peritoneal Mesothelioma (Abdominal). This form of Mesothelioma is rare. The diagnosis rate for Peritoneal Mesothelioma is about 10% to 20% of all Mesothelioma cases. Symptoms can include: Vomitting, constipation, constant diarrhea, nausea and weght loss. This type of cancer will cause the thickening of the membranes surrounding the organs of the abdomen. This in turn will build up pressure on the organs of the abomen. Lumps may also be present under the skin around the abdomen. Surgery for this type of cancer is normally not performed. Patient will normally go to receive chemotherapy.
How Can You Develop Mesothelioma?
All type of mesothelioma cancers are a direct result of over exposure to harmful levels of asbestes. Each of your body cavities has two layers of mesothelial membranes. The cancer is caused when these asbestos fibers get trapped between these layers. Due to the nature of this type of cancer it can be very painful and difficult to control the pain.
There are approximately 3000 diagnosed cases of Mesothelioma per year in the US. This cancer is very aggressive and very difficult to treat. So far the only known cause of Mesothelioma Cancer is over exposure to asbestus. If you think you have been exposed to asbestus at your work place, you should get a full check up with your family doctor.
Asbestos was widely used in all industries as it was fire resistant, heat resistant and very durable. It was soon the choice of product in many manufacturing products that were bought and sold throughout the US. It was only within the last couple decades that we really started to understand the true negative impact on our health.
Occupational hazards with asbestos are very real. Exposure can happen in manufacturing plants, processing plants, asbestos mines and even oil refineries. Occupations such as plumbers, electricians, brake repair, fire fighters, police, military and 1st responders are all at risk of developing Mesothelioma Cancer.
Facts Surrounding Asbestos Exposure.
Due to the popularity of using Asbestos in millions of products, millions of Americans have been exposed to asbestos. Here are some quick facts surrounding exposure.
• Exposure from the 1940-1970s is now just showing up as Mesothelioma Cancer. This is due to the long time it takes this disease to develop.
• It takes as little as a couple of months of exposure to cause Mesothelioma Cancer years later.
• Asbestos was used for over 50 years as the # 1 ingredient for manufacturing products and was completely unregulated.
• It took until the late 1970s to be banned in the US.
• An estimate 71,000 males developed Mesothelioma Caner from 2002-2005.
• The attack on the World Trade Center sent 4000 pound of asbestos into the air..
• It is difficult to diagnose the early stages of Mesothelioma due to the symptoms of the disease.
• The right lung is normally the lung affected with Mesothelioma Cancer.
Up to 10,000 Americans die each year due to asbestos exposure. Many people did not even know they were exposed to asbestos. Some studies have shown that up to 30% had not idea they were exposed to asbestos. With no other connection to Mesothelioma Cancer, the one and only cause has been defined as exposure to asbestos.
Mesothelioma Cancer is truly the silent killer. This is due to the fact that after exposure it can take 20 to 50 years to develop Mesothelioma Cancer from Asbestos Exposure. Due to the difficulty of diagnossis it is believed that many patients that die of lung cancer actually die from Mesothelioma Cancer.
Asbestos exposure has also been said to raise the risk levels of other cancers as well. dditionally, the National Cancer Institute states that, “asbestos exposure can also increase one’s risk of developing kidney, throat, esophagus, and gallbladder cancer.”
Texas has a very large population of Employees that were over exposed to asbestos. Millions of employees were exposed in the oil industry in Texas. In 1999, the state had 125 of these employees die. Texas proves to be a good case study as there are many factors at work that naturally expose people to asbestos as well. Texas is 7th in the nation to Mesothelioma deaths. Oregon is another state that has a high rate of asbestos exposure and
Due to the high number of Mesothelioma Cancer deaths each year, the interest in finding better treatment options continues to grow. Only as public interest increases, will the funding continue to grow for this type of disease. We hope this information was helpful for you.