Mesothelioma is a type of cancer which is considered to be very rare. This type of cancer occurs in protective lining, which is responsible for covering internal organs of the body called Mesothelioma. There are basically 3 types of Mesothelioma:
- Pleural Mesothelioma
- Peritoneal Mesothelioma
- Pericardial Mesothelioma
Among all different types of Mesothelioma, pleural Mesothelioma is the most common one. More than 70% people are suffering from this type. Pleural Mesothelioma attacks on the lungs.
This type of Mesothelioma cancer occurs in the peritoneum. It attacks towards the abdominal cavity. However, it is less common as compared to the pleural Mesothelioma.
This type of Mesothelioma cancer occurs in pericardium and attacks at the heart. However, this type is least common.
The main recognized cause of this disease is Asbestos. It works in such a way so that the people who are exposing to the asbestos will develop the symptoms of Mesothelioma in upcoming future and not immediately. Many experts often suggest that the smokers are more vulnerable to Mesothelioma.
Symptoms of Mesothelioma:
Most of the patients of Mesothelioma do not notice any kind of symptoms in the earliest stages/months. Mesothelioma can only be detected by the regular medical checkups. Also many people confuse with the symptoms of Mesothelioma with the regular and common ailments. The symptoms of pleural Mesothelioma are:
- Back pain
- Chest pain
- Muscle weakness
- Weight loss
- Breath shortness
- Decrement in sensory capabilities
- Swallowing trouble in arm and face
- Coughing up blood
- Continuous cough
The main symptoms of peritoneal Mesothelioma are:
- Creation of fluid in abdominal cavity
- Abdominal pain
- Weight loss
The main symptoms of pericardial Mesothelioma are:
- Night sweats
- Trouble in breathing
- Chest pain
- Irregularities heartbeats
- Heart palpitations
Mesothelioma risk factors:
One of the most common risk factor of Mesothelioma is asbestos exposure. People who work in the place surrounding asbestos are more vulnerable towards Mesothelioma. Also the people who are exposed to the thorium dioxide are also vulnerable. Some experts also suggest that x-ray substances or also responsible for peritoneal and pleural Mesothelioma. People who are constantly in touch with Zeolite are also at a great risk. Zeolite is a mineral which is mostly found in Turkey’s Anatoli region. Some medical experts also believe that there is a connection between the simian virus 40 and Mesothelioma. However, cases are still debatable. Tobacco, which is said not to be a direct responsible for this disease but the combination of the people who consume it and people who works in surrounding of asbestos are 50% more vulnerable to Mesothelioma.
Though Mesothelioma cancer is a rare type of cancer, but it doesn’t mean that it is any less dangerous. As of now there is no proper cure for Mesothelioma and the problem with this disease is people are not able to find it in the early stages. This disease mostly takes the life of the people in just 2 years. The only key by which you can fight with this type of disease is to regularly go for doctors for diagnosis.