Mesothelioma is deadly cancer that is quite rare even though in recent decades, the number of people who died from it has increased dramatically. Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos without adequate protection. When a person is exposed to asbestos, he inhales tiny asbestos fibers suspended in the air. These fibers pass through the respiratory system and eventually get stuck in the lungs. An accumulation of asbestos fibers in the lining of the lungs as this can cause neighboring cells to deform and eventually leads to what is known as pleural mesothelioma.
The accumulation of asbestos fibers in the peritoneum (lining of the abdomen) can lead to peritoneal mesothelioma and the accumulation of fibers in the heart tissue can cause pericardial mesothelioma. Asbestos fibers reach these places over time or because they have been transported by the lymphatic system. Mesothelioma has a very high latency period (time between getting cancer and feeling that the symptoms of that -this). This period is usually between 30 – 50 years, and if a person who wears Mesothelioma is unlikely to know they have gotten. This is why mesothelioma is so difficult to diagnose in its early stages because it has no symptoms and the few symptoms that it shows as wheezing and shortness of breath are typical of much more common diseases such as pneumonia.
The likelihood of recovery depends largely on how early and aggressiveness of the cancer is treated. If it is treated when it has fully developed and matured, then it is extremely difficult to cure.In this way, people at risk are those who have worked at asbestos. Construction workers, asbestos manufacturers or those who have lived in a mile of an asbestos plant are the people who have the greatest contact with asbestos. Those who are in contact with these people are also at risk because asbestos fibers can stick to clothes and hair. The majority of people who discover that they have mesothelioma are men aged around 60 – 70. This was the generation that worked with asbestos a lot without adequate protection. Many of these men are now hosting several million dollars lawsuits against companies that are exposed to the dangers of asbestos.