Sunday, 25 November 2018

What Is Mesothelioma Cancer?



Mesothelioma is a rare and deadly form of cancer caused by long time exposure to asbestos fibers. The disease takes decades to develop. For those diagnosed with mesothelioma, 15-50 years after exposure to asbestos, the disease is already in an advanced phase. At this point in time they might begin to suffer symptoms of shortness of breath and chest pain.

Mesothelioma, What Causes It?
Mesothelioma is a rare cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. This rare cancer develops when a person ingests asbestos, and it causes changes to a person’s DNA. Our genes, which are made of DNA, control how cells grow, multiply and die. Changes in our genes may cause cells to divide out of control and may lead to cancer.

How long can mesothelioma victim live?

Early Detection Is the Key to Increased Life Expectancy. Although, there are many factors that doctors look at to determine a patient’s prognosis and mesothelioma life expectancy. Prognosis for mesothelioma is poor, but early detection and new treatment provide hope for many patients. Doctors, patients, and cancer advocates are now emphasizing on the importance of early detection. They have all agreed that in order to increase the effectiveness of treatment options leading to an increased mesothelioma survival rate, early detection is critical. But, when mesothelioma is diagnosed at a late stage of, the average survival time is less than a year.

When Can I Test For Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is typically diagnosed within three to six months of the first visit to a doctor with complaints about breathing problems or chest and abdominal pain.

Mesothelioma, How Do You Get It?
Anyone who has worked around asbestos is exposed to the risk of getting mesothelioma cancer. Such a person is urged to see a physician for screening for malignant mesothelioma cancer. Screening methods are advancing, and various blood tests now exist that may identify mesothelioma disease.

What Are The Types Of Mesothelioma? 
The location of the tumors is the primary method for determining the type of mesothelioma.

-Pleural Mesothelioma (Lungs)
-Peritoneal Mesothelioma (Abdomen)
-Pericardial Mesothelioma (Heart)
-Testicular Mesothelioma.
-Epithelioid Mesothelioma.
-Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma.
-Biphasic Mesothelioma.
-Rare Cell Types.

What Are The Mesothelioma Symptoms?
A mesothelioma patient begins to show signs of cancer around 10 to 50 years after an initial exposure to asbestos. Symptoms will differ by the type of mesothelioma though, but these early symptoms are often mistaken for more common ailments, like the flu, pneumonia or lung cancer. Recognizing the signs and symptoms of mesothelioma early will increase treatment options and improve overall prognosis. Below are common symptoms of Mesothelioma:

-Swollen abdomen
-Cough
-Feeling tired
-Weight loss
-Chest pain
-Shortness of breath
-Fluid buildup in lungs

What Is The Survival Rates For Mesothelioma? According to report, Mesothelioma Survival Rates goes down to about 40% of patients live 1 year, while only 20% live 2 years, 5 years or longer.

Mesothelioma Diagnostic methods:
Medical imaging, examining fluid produced by the cancer, tissue biopsy.

Mesothelioma Treatment:
Surgery, radiation therapy ,
chemotherapy , pleurodesis.



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