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Were You or a Loved One Diagnosed With Mesothelioma Cancer?

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Were You or a Loved One Diagnosed With Mesothelioma Cancer?

Mesothelioma is an extremely aggressive cancer affecting the membrane lining of the lungs and abdomen.

There are three types of Mesothelioma:

* Pleural Mesothelioma: This affects the lung’s protective lining in the chest cavity, which represents about 75% of all Mesothelioma diagnoses.

* Peritoneal Mesothelioma: This affects the abdominal cavity.

* Pericardial Mesothelioma: This affects the cardiac cavity, comprise the remainder.

Diagnosing Mesothelioma is extremely difficult for doctors because the disease often presents with symptoms that mimic other common ailments. Unfortunately, there is no known cure for Mesothelioma, however treatments such as surgery and chemotherapy may help improve one’s health and potentially increase life expectancy.

Similar to Asbestos related Lung Cancer, Mesothelioma has similarities in regards to the how an individual is exposed, the years of exposure and the different types of occupations.

Asbestos fibers are microscopic in nature, they are extremely durable and resistant to fire and most chemical reactions and breakdowns. These properties of Asbestos were the reasons that supported its use during the 1950’s, 1960’s and 1970’s in a number of different commercial and industrial capacities.

The most common products that contained Asbestos during these years include:

• Roofing Shingles
• Floor Tiles
• Ceiling Materials
• Cement Compounds
• Textile Products
• Automotive Parts

During the 1950’s, 1960’s and 1970’s there here were hundreds of occupations affected by Asbestos exposure. Here are the some of the more common occupations where Asbestos was commonly used:

• Auto Mechanic
• Building Inspector
• Carpenter
• Construction Worker
• Electrician
• Insulator
• Plasterer
• Paper Mill Worker
• Plumber
• Roofer & Tiler
• US Navy (Shipyard Workers)
• Welder

Mesothelioma can be an extremely difficult malignancy to diagnose because of the symptoms of the disease closely resemble other respiratory conditions, and because the pathology can be very difficult to distinguish from adenocarcinoma of the lung. Symptoms of Mesothelioma include chest pain, chronic cough, effusions of the chest and abdomen, and the presence of blood in lung fluid.

Diagnostic surgeries, including a biopsy, are typically required to determine the type of malignant cells that are present in the body. A body imaging scan, including a magnetic resonance image (MRI), computer topography (CT scan), and/or positron emission tomography (PET), will be required to determine the extent and location of the disease. Given the rarity of Mesothelioma, a formal staging classification exists only for Pleural Mesothelioma.

Financial assistance is available to help Mesothelioma victims. In most cases, individuals diagnosed with Mesothelioma are eligible for financial compensation from Asbestos manufacturers for their illness. Financial assistance is available to help offset the high cost of Mesothelioma treatment as well.