Mesothelioma is a form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Often, its symptoms take years or even decades to appear. Mesothelioma causes cancerous cells to form in the mesothelium, the two-layer membrane lining different parts of the body including the lungs, heart, abdomen and testicles. Normally, a lubricating fluid in these layers enables the organs to function properly, but when needle-like asbestos fibers are present, they cause irritation and can form cancerous cells and tumors.
General mesothelioma symptoms include:
In pleural mesothelioma cases, asbestos fibers travel to the mesothelium that lines the inner rib cage and the outside of the lungs, causing cancerous tumors. About 75 percent of diagnosed mesothelioma cases are pleural.
With peritoneal mesothelioma, a tumor applies pressure on internal organs, causing extreme abdominal pain. About 15 to 20 percent of known mesothelioma cases are attributed to this form of the disease.
Pericardial mesothelioma occurs when asbestos fibers embed themselves in the mesothelial tissue that surrounds the heart. As these tumors grow, they restrict the heart’s proper functioning and result in cardiac problems, including heart failure. This is a rare form of the disease, with fewer than 50 new cases diagnosed each year.
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