Mesothelioma Asbestos Lung Cancer

Mesothelioma asbestos lung cancer, which is caused nearly always by exposure to asbestos, is a horrific and difficult to diagnose cancer. If you, a friend, or a loved one has been diagnosed with it, it is important to learn as much as possible about the disease, treatment, prognosis, support groups, financial aid, and legal aspects that you will be facing.

This rather rare form of cancer is extremely difficult to diagnose before it is too late to do much more than make the patient more comfortable, or, in some cases, extend his life a short time. The symptoms of
mesothelioma asbestos lung cancer show up many years after the actual onset of the disease. A sailor who worked in a ship’s boiler room forty years ago might not show any symptoms at all until now. The auto mechanic who is now retired may start having unexplained chest pain, pain in the lower back, weight loss, fever, or difficulty breathing.

Unfortunately, these symptoms are very common to many other conditions as well. Don’t ignore them. If you were ever, at any time in your life, exposed to asbestos, see your doctor the moment any of these symptoms start to occur.

Often, people confuse lung cancer with mesothelioma asbestos lung cancer. They are not the same condition. When a person has lung cancer, a tumor or several will develop within the lungs. Usually it is a single growth that keeps getting larger. Mesothelioma, however, spreads across the pleura outside of the lungs, in the area between the chest wall and the lungs. It is made up of many small growths.

This is not to say that asbestos fibers embedded in the lungs cannot contribute to lung cancer, particularly if the victim is a smoker. However, there are also other causes of lung cancer that have nothing to do with that. However, asbestos is the only certain cause of mesothelioma asbestos lung cancer.

Why is asbestos so dangerous? When you are working in an area in which asbestos is being used, small particles of it break off and are either inhaled or swallowed. They are tiny, and float in the air much like dust does. Once lodged in the mesothelium, they alter and destroy the healthy cell structure, and malignant cells begin to develop.

In the late stage of mesothelioma asbestos lung cancer it may metastasize, much the same way other cancers do, causing tumors to grow inside the lungs.

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