What is mesothelioma? Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer disease which generally arises out of the cells covering the sacs of the chest or the abdomen. Pleural mesothelioma is quite common type of mesothelioma, which often presents the symptoms in the chest area. On the other hand peritoneal mesothelioma is less common. This type of cancer disease affects abdominal organs presenting its symptoms in this part of the body, such as abdominal pain, abdominal swelling, vomiting, nausea, and bowel obstruction. The third and the rarest form is pericardial mesothelioma, which affects the sac around the heart.
The main cause of Mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos.
What are the various symptoms of mesothelioma? Symptoms of Mesothelioma could be anything including:
• Building up of a fluid (pleural effusions) around the lungs
• Pain in the chest
• Swelling or pain in the abdomen
• Shortness of breath
• Decreasing of appetite
• Weight loss
• Changing of voice
How Much Exposure to asbestos causes mesothelioma? One or two months of exposure can also result in mesothelioma, in certain cases. There are cases of patients who contracted mesothelioma just by being exposed to asbestos and breathing dust while changing brake linings on their car. There are others who were passively exposed, such as women, while washing their son’s or husband’s work clothes. The disease can come into being, twenty years after being exposed to the asbestos or even fifty years.
How to cure Mesothelioma. For the indications of mesothelioma to come up, it may take around thirty to forty years, in some cases even fifty years, after the initial exposure to the asbestos. After a person has been diagnosed with this cancer, he will lead a painful life for around twelve to eighteen months. However, the advancement of technology has produced new techniques to cure mesothelioma, increasing the life expectancy of around five years after diagnosis.