It is sad to report, but the asbestos cancer, also known as Mesothelioma, is spreading far and wide throughout the world as the unregulated use of asbestos continues. The compound asbestos has been used in the construction industry since the early 1940’s. In the 1960’s it was discovered that this compound causes the type of cancer known as Mesothelioma. Even with the discovery of the link to cancer, unfettered use of the compound continues around the world. The few countries that do regulate the use and handling of asbestos are trying to make the world aware of the dangers of asbestos and exactly what Mesothelioma is.
Mesothelioma spreads as a sheet of malignant cells
Mesothelioma spreads as a sheet of malignant cells that covers many of the organs in the chest. As the disease touches the large blood vessels, the heart sac, and ribs, it spreads to each area. This makes it almost impossible to treat and cure because the damage the cancer causes is so extensive.
Treatment of Mesothelioma depend on several factors
Treatment of Mesothelioma depends on several factors that determine the prognosis and the types of treatments available. These factors include what stage the cancer is in, the tumor’s size, whether or not the tumor is able to be completely surgically removed, the amount of fluid built up in the chest or abdomen areas, age and general health of the patient, the type of Mesothelioma cancer cells and what they look like under the microscope, and whether or not this is the first occurrence of cancer or if this is a return of the cancer.
A Word of Caution
An important word of caution to those individuals that have been around or used asbestos at any time: Mesothelioma cells may lay dormant for many years before springing into life and spreading. Get tested today. This will help you protect your future with early treatment should the cancer cells be found. The sooner this is treated, the better your chances are for recovery.