Mesothelioma is a fatal type of cancer caused by asbestos exposure. It primarily develops in the protective lining of lungs, abdomen and has a poor prognosis.
What are the Types of Mesothelioma?Three common types of mesothelioma:
- Pleural Mesothelioma
- Peritoneal Mesothelioma
- Pericardial Mesothelioma
Pleural Mesothelioma: The most common type of Mesothelioma. Primarily develops in lungs and caused by inhaling the asbestos fibers.
This is the second most common type of Mesothelioma. Found in the abdomen, and it is mostly caused by microscopic asbestos fibers lodged in the lining of the abdomen.
The rarest form of the malignant disease. Often caused by the asbestos fibers trapped in the protective lining around the heart i.e. pericardium.
What are the Symptoms of Mesothelioma?
Symptoms of mesothelioma are quite similar to the symptoms of other diseases, and this is why they are often neglected. However, when the sufferers become aware of the disease, it is often too late.
Here are the major symptoms of different types of Mesothelioma.
Pleural Mesothelioma Symptoms:
- Chest pain
- Lower back pain
- Breathing problems
- Weight loss
- Trouble swallowing
- Excessive sweating
- Swelling on different parts of body (mostly face and arms)
Peritoneal Mesothelioma Symptoms:
- Abdominal (belly) pain
- Swelling or fluid in the abdomen
- Weight loss
- Shortness of breath when lying flat
- Chest pain
- Heart palpitations or irregular heartbeat
- Difficulty breathing
- Night sweats
These are the major symptoms of various types of malignant Mesothelioma. Experiencing any of these symptoms would mean that you must consult a Mesothelioma specialist immediately. The more you wait, the more this deadly disease likely destroys your organs.
What Causes Mesothelioma?
The main cause of mesothelioma cancer is the inhalation of asbestos fibers. When these fibers are breathed, they travel into lungs, abdomen or in rare cases, the protective lining around the heart and get lodged in there. Here they start destroying the DNA of human body which causes cancer in a longer run.
Prognosis of Mesothelioma:
Sadly, the prognosis of mesothelioma is poor, as the disease is incurable and is discovered at extremely later stages of the development. Which leads towards the methods that focus more on relieving the pain and less on curing the disease.
Mesothelioma is a rare disease, and not everyone exposed to asbestos catches it. However, people who do, have a very little chance of survival. In order to make sure you are not suffering from malignant mesothelioma, keep a close eye on the symptoms. If you notice any sign of the disease, contact the doctor so that it could be diagnosed ASAP.