Tuesday, September 22, 2020

What Is Mesothelioma? Causes, Types & Symptoms


What is mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a cancer affecting the mesothelial cells which conceal most internal organs...

There are two main types of mesothelioma; pleural mesothelioma and peritoneal mesothelioma.

Prior to statistics done in Australia

774 people were diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2016.

There were 726 deaths caused by mesothelioma in 2018.

The five year survival rate for mesothelioma is approximately 6 percent.

Causes of mesothelioma

The major factor that causes mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos. Asbestos are natural minerals that are resistant to high temperature. Australia is the continent with highest usage of asbestos-containing materials like cement pipes and other related building materials. It can take up to 20 to 60 years before asbestos can develop to mesothelioma.

The categories of workers who are prone to asbestos include builders, plumbers, electricians, welders, asbestos miners, automotive industry workers and textile workers. 

Sometimes mesothelioma can be connected to previous radiotherapy to the chest.

Types of mesothelioma

Pleural mesothelioma

This type of mesothelioma is the most common and gets initiated in the membrane that covers the lungs. Even though, it develops in the chest and involves the lining of the lungs, it is not a lung cancer and has an entirely different  treatment compared to lung cancer.
The symptoms include; energy loss, chest pain, shortness of breath, excessive sweating at night, persistent cough.

Peritoneal mesothelioma

This is the other main type of mesothelioma and it is less common in the society. It accounts for about 10% of all cases. It gets erupted in the lining of the abdomen.

What is mesothelioma?
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