Mesothelioma and Asbestos

Asbestos is a dangerous fiber. Everyone has heard how dangerous it can be, but do people realize that it causes serious illnesses, such as cancer and possibly death? The short answer is, NO. People think the media blows asbestos out of proportion. Asbestos Abatement is here to give you the information you deserve. Mesothelioma is a cancer that is known to be caused by asbestos. Below are the symptoms and types.

Sadly, many of the symptoms of mesothelioma are minor and are mistaken for allergies or other respiratory problems. Some of the symptoms are:

  • Dry Cough
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Fatigue
  • Pain in the Stomach or Chest
  • Swallowing Difficulties
  • Fluid Buildup 
  • Weight Loss 
  • Bowel Obstruction 

Mesothelioma has three different types. Each one affects a certain area of the body. Surgery, Chemotherapy, and radiation are the most common ways to treat mesothelioma. Some are used in conjunction with others through a specific treatment plan. The types of mesothelioma are as follows:

  • Peritoneal Mesothelioma

The second most common type of mesothelioma and it attacks the abdomen.

  • Pericardial Mesothelioma

The lining of the heart is affected by this type of mesothelioma. This type is the hardest to treat, as it is in such a sensitive area.

  • Pleural Mesothelioma

The lining of the lung is affected by pleural mesothelioma. This type is the most common.

Once you have been exposed to asbestos, it easily becomes trapped in the pleura of your abdomen and lungs. The fibers also affect the lining of the heart. Fluid buildup and scarring occurs as the asbestos fiber remain inside the body. The fibers attack your system and cause biological problems that end with cancer. If you are suffering from any of the above symptoms, see your doctor immediately. Many people do not realize they have been in contact with asbestos fibers. Mesothelioma can be treated if caught early. The survival rates are low, but the odds are better if caught before it becomes too severe.

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