What is mesothelioma? Here are some quick facts

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There is a rising type of cancer that has been gaining popularity in recent times. A form of cancer most older people have been discussing about. What is mesothelioma? Here are some quick facts.

Mesothelioma is a carcinogenic disease that affects the mesothelium (thin layer of body tissue that protects internal organs). Internal organs commonly affected are lining of the lungs and chest wall. Others include the lining of the abdomen and seldom the sac that surrounds the human heart.

This disease is common amongst older people who have exposed to asbestos for an estimated period of 40 years. This research study makes it a silent killer. Its major symptom is shortness of breath due to fluid around the lung, a swollen abdomen, chest wall pain, tiredness, cough and weight loss. It often gets complicated when there is fluid around the lung.

It is a very deadly disease because of its five-year survival rate prognosis. Only 8% of patients diagnosed with mesothelioma survives this deadly disease for up to only five years. Treatment is required radiation therapy, surgery and chemotherapy. Other treatment options include Heated intraoperative intraperitoneal chemotherapy and multimodality therapy.

Just like other cancerous diseases, mesothelioma can be treated more effectively when detected as easily as possible. Mesothelioma is known to be resistant to radiation therapy and chemotherapy treatment. Other treatments include immunotherapy,

Prevention is better than cure. Right? This disease is rampant among people aged around 65 who often die around 70 years of age. These people were often exposed to asbestos when they were a young adult.

My take

Stay away from Mesothelioma in the future, stay away from asbestos today.

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