A brief overview of Mesothelioma cancer
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that is found usually among men who are advanced in years. This type of cancer is caused from the effects of exposure to asbestos ad as a result affects the membranes of our vital organs such as the heart and lungs. Mesothelioma cancer is not very easy to diagnose due to the fact that the symptoms this type of cancer presents are very similar to other diseases that are much more common.
Pleural Mesothelioma is the most common form of this disease and as a direct result accounts for around 75% of all cases of this disease. This type of cancer (Pleural Mesothelioma) attacks and affects the lining of the lungs and presents common symptoms such as shortness of breath, coughing and wheezing, chest pains, difficulty in swallowing and even weight loss. As we have said, these symptoms are very common to other diseases but anyone who has any of them we would strongly suggest consulting their doctor right away just to be on the safe side.
One of the less common forms of Mesothelioma is called Peritoneal Mesothelioma and this type of cancer affects the abdomen. Peritoneal Mesothelioma cancer affects the abdominal lining and frequently found in people who have been exposed to asbestos and accounts for around 20% of all Mesothelioma cases. Symptoms of Peritoneal Mesothelioma are as follows: abdominal pains, abdominal swelling, weight loss, loss of appetite, weakness and nausea.
People who have worked with asbestos or have been exposed to the substance are at risk of developing the disease. One of the most important things that we should remember when dealing with this type of cancer is speed. Early diagnosis of the disease is of utmost importance so that it can be treated quickly. With time being of importance when dealing with Mesothelioma, the earlier it is discovered the more chance we have of success in its treatment.