Mesothelioma Asbesthos Cancer Review
Mesothelioma asbestos cancer affects the membranes that encase organs. Mesothelioma asbestos exposure 30 to 50 years ago can result in developing the cancer today. The most common type is malignant pleural mesothelioma, which affects the membrane surrounding the lungs. This accounts for 75 percent of all cases. Malignant peritoneal mesothelioma affects the membranes surrounding the abdominal organs. The remaining patients will have the lining of the heart or testicles affected. 2,000 to 3,000 Americans are diagnosed with mesothelioma asbestos cancer each year.
Mesothelioma asbestos cancer is categorized by the type of cell that became cancerous. While conventional diffuse malignant mesothelioma can travel to other parts of the body, there is a rare type that is not likely to spread. Papillary mesothelioma, which originates in epithelial tissue, is not likely to spread to other organs in the body.
Asbestos became widely used just after World War II. People who worked with brakes, insulation, shingles and flooring were exposed to asbestos. The family members of these people were also exposed because the workers carried the asbestos fibers home on their clothing. Since it takes 30 to 50 years after exposure for mesothelioma to develop, we are seeing a number of new cases. If you or a loved one has developed mesothelioma, you might consider contacting a mesothelioma lawyer. You may be entitled to monetary compensation.
Since mesothelioma asbestos cancer presents few, if any, symptoms in the early stages it often goes undiagnosed until the cancer has progressed to advance stages, making it more difficult to treat. The cancer might also have spread to other organs. Because mesothelioma affects membranes that surround organs, it is difficult to remove surgically. This is in contrast to a tumor which is easier to remove in its entirety. Chemotherapy and radiation are often the treatments of choice. Mesothelioma life expectancy has been 4 to 18 months after diagnosis. Some new medications that kill some cancer cells and slow the growth of others offer new hope for longer life and perhaps and eventual cure.