The tumor which affects the mesothelium, i.e. to the tissue that lines the heart, stomach and lungs, is called mesothelioma and many times can be benign, but in its malignant form, it‘s a type of aggressive and extremely serious cancer which should receive immediate medical treatment.
This rare type of cancer, are associated mostly with exposure to asbestos or also known as asbestos, and are known four types of mesothelioma; the pleural, which is the most common, affects the lungs, the peritoneal, which specifically affects the stomach, the pericardial; the lungs and the most rare, testicular mesothelioma.
To determine if you have a tumor in the mesothelium should know first what are the risk factors for developing mesothelioma, and is that, as noted previously, most patients who suffer from this disease are related to exposure to asbestos or asbestos,either by direct contact with the material or for exercising a profession of risk such as construction , demolition, plumbers among others.
In addition, it is also possible to develop disease when we have been exposed to theING secondarily, i.e. close to workers of high-risk persons also are likely to develop mesothelioma.
Other risk factors are known is the age, since the average age of diagnosis of mesothelioma is 69 and in the same way, people that they live in an environment of rich zeolite or those who have been exposed to radiation in the chest may also develop cancer.
On the other hand, the diagnosis of mesothelioma also depends on how much we know about the disease and its symptoms, and these vary depending on where you stay the tumor; If it is pleural mesothelioma, include symptoms such as: difficulty breathing, painful cough, unexplained weight loss, fatigue, among others
For the specific case of peritonal mesothelioma, the area in which it is located, includes: stomach pain, swelling in the abdominal area, constipation. Although depending on the type of mesothelioma is that we will be able to determine if the symptomsare associated, in the rarest cases as the testicles, the symptoms are similar to otherconditions, however it also includes pain in the chest, shortness of breath and lumpsin the testicles.
If you notice that some symptoms coincide with yours and was exposed to the ING,the important thing is to maintain calm because these symptoms also can be associated with other diseases, must remain calm and put us in touch with a specialist physician because only tests doctors can be an official diagnosis.
Mesothelioma is not a curable disease, but cases of survivors who have managed toextend their life expectancies are known, but while there is no cure, nowadays there are curative and palliative treatments, such as chemotherapy, surgery or radiation therapy that will improve the quality of life of the patient, and even referred to studiessuggesting that combine them with alternative such as yoga and acupuncture treatments It will improve the quality of life of patients.
The important thing is that if you are suspected of having been exposed to asbestos, avoid self diagnosis, and consult a physician as soon aspossible, and to have a positive diagnosis in mesothelioma, understand that it is a disease that is difficult to treat by that early detection will mark a difference important in treatment response.