Asbestos known to cause Pleural Mesothelioma and other deadly Illnesses
The thin tissue lining where mesothelioma develops in different areas of the body (chest, heart, and abdomen) is used to classify mesothelioma into different groups, including pleural mesothelioma, peritoneal mesothelioma, and pericardial mesothelioma. Each is associated with asbestos exposure, as are lung cancer, adenocarcinoma and asbestosis.
Pleural Mesothelioma: accounting for approximately 80 percent of new mesothelioma cases, this cancer develops in the lining of the lungs (the pleura). Pleural mesothelioma is difficult to diagnose and early symptoms tend to be mild until they worsen significantly at a late cancer stage. This cancer has been confused for the flu, laryngitis, pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and other more common lung or respiratory conditions, and also misdiagnosed as other lung cancers, like adenocarcinoma. Pleural mesothelioma patients face a poor prognosis, with a life expectancy of about one year.
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Only about 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed each year, and between 70 to 90 percent of new diagnoses are pleural mesothelioma. Asbestos inhalation is the primary and only definitive cause and/or factor. Once inhaled, asbestos fibers become lodged in the lining of the lung, trapped and cause chronic inflammation and scar tissue that can develop into tumors which can grow quickly and can spread throughout the lung cavity and to other organs, including the abdomen, diaphragm, lymph nodes and heart.
Symptoms of pleural mesothelioma may include include:
Peritoneal Mesothelioma: this form of mesothelioma originates in the lining of the abdomen and can spread to the liver, spleen, and bowel. Severe abdominal pain is the most common symptom, followed by discomfort caused by fluid build-up. The second most common form of mesothelioma, it accounts for about 15 to 20 percent of all mesothelioma cases diagnosed—approximately 500 cases in the U.S. each year. While almost always fatal, it has a more favorable prognosis than other types of mesothelioma, and patients have been known to live with the disease for up to seven years or more. Asbestos inhalation or ingestion is the known cause. Asbestos fibers may be swallowed or trapped in mucus during inhalation. Asbestos fibers in the peritoneum can cause inflammation and lead to cancer.
Pericardial Mesothelioma: Pericardial mesothelioma, which originates in the lining of the heart cavity, accounts for less than one percent of all mesothelioma cases. As this cancer progresses, the heart becomes unable to deliver oxygen to the body, causing a decline in health at a rapid rate. Pericardial mesothelioma may be the result of mesothelioma metastasizing from other parts of the body and forming tumors around the heart after asbestos exposure.
Testicular Mesothelioma: Testicular mesothelioma is another rare form of the disease, with fewer than 100 cases having been diagnosed. As with Pericardial Mesothelioma, it is suspected that the disease originates from mesothelioma cancer elsewhere in the body transported to the testicles after asbestos exposure.
Forms of Asbestos Cancer & Asbestos Illnesses
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