Generally speaking,mesothelioma cancer is a form of cancer which is particularly rare. It can be manifested in different forms which mainly depend on where cancer starts spreading. The most encountered for is called the pleural mesothelioma, which accounts for 75% of these cases. In this form, the cancerous cells start growing inside the cells and the tissue of the lungs.
The second form of mesothelioma cancer is the one called peritoneal mesothelioma which occurs in the area of the abdomen – peritoneum and accounts for 20% of these cases. The last form, the pericardial mesothelioma, accounting for 5%, is the one that manifests around the heart tissues where the malignant cells start growing.
All these types of mesothelioma are known to be caused by asbestos which is a mineral fiber discovered in the 19th century and because it has powerful to fight against fire it was preferred to be worked within the field of constructions in the 20s, 30s, and 40s. The early 60s have made the shocking discovery that asbestos represented the main cause of mesothelioma condition and as such industries in the field have ceased using it.
The point is that the exposure to these fibers that float in the air without for an individual to be highly protected from inhaling them leads to these people’s affliction with this most of the times lethal disease.
The inhalation once made through the normal process of breathing allows asbestos fibers to lodge inside the lungs tissue generating abnormalities of the cells and as such leading to mesothelioma cancer. This is how the evolution of pleural mesothelioma starts inside the affected lungs. If the fibers are carried to the abdomen’s lining, then the peritoneal mesothelioma occurs and if they reach heart’s tissue, pericardial mesothelioma is generated.
The symptoms presented are most of the times related to the afflicted area, therefore: chest pain for the affected heart, shortness of breath for affected lungs, and abdominal severe pains for the afflicted peritoneum.
Along with these symptoms, fever, weight loss, nausea can also occur. Few treatments are known to actually work for each one of these forms of mesothelioma, and this is mainly due to the fact that major organs are afflicted, and as such very hard to be surgically resolved.
The good news is that it is the best for one who has detected these symptoms in their manifestation to seek medical assistance, because in this way cancer will not have too much time to spread and affect more organs, as an early treatment will be applied and as such keeping under control the form of mesothelioma cancer one might suffer from.