What is Mesothelioma?

Ever wondered what is mesothelioma? Mesothelioma is a rare cancer caused by exposure to asbestos in the home or at their workplace. Unfortunately, there is no safe level of exposure to asbestos, so any individual who has been exposed has a high risk for developing mesothelioma.

In most cases, it can take anywhere from 20 to 60 years after exposure in order for mesothelioma symptoms to appear. Many people are under the impression that asbestos only lies in certain building materials, like siding. However, asbestos fibers are showing up in places such as inside the home, in flame resistant material, antique appliances, and many more products that people are not yet aware of. Did you know…

  • Asbestos exposure is the primary cause of mesothelioma cancer. Inhaled or ingested asbestos fibers may cause an inflammation of internal tissue and disrupt organ function which leads to the development of mesothelioma. Asbestos was used extensively in the mid 1900s and is still manufactured today. Most new construction avoids asbestos, but renovation and demolition of older buildings may pose a risk for exposure.
  • Any individual may be at risk to for mesothelioma if he or she was exposed to asbestos in the workplace or at home. Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos and the inhalation of asbestos particles, but symptoms may not show up for decades. If you think you may have been exposed, the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance recommends seeing a doctor for early detection. Many treatment options are available and cure rates are increasing.
  • There are three recognized types of mesothelioma. Pleural mesothelioma is the most common form of the disease, accounting for roughly 70% of cases, and occurs in the lining of the lung known as the pleura. Peritoneal mesothelioma occurs in the lining of the abdominal cavity, known as the peritoneum and pericardial mesothelioma originates in the pericardium, which lines the heart.
  • Once diagnosed, mesothelioma patients have many options for treatment. Conventional treatment options for mesothelioma include surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.

To find out more information about mesothelioma and asbestos, please visit the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance. The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance is dedicated to serving mesothelioma victims and their families.

Did You Know Facts

Asbestos image from Shutterstock; graphic from the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance.


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