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Friday, October 17, 2014

What is Mesothelioma Cancer?



News about Mesothelioma is all over the television, but what exactly  is  this disease?

Mesothelioma is an asbestos-related aggressive cancer affecting the membrane lining of the lungs and abdomen.The disease often presents with symptoms that mimic other common ailments. This makes diagnosis extremely difficult. Although there is currently no known cure for mesothelioma, treatments such as surgery and chemotherapy can help to improve the typical mesothelioma prognosis.

Asbestos fibers that are inhaled through the mouth and nose may eventually become embedded in the lining of the lungs, causing harmful inflammation of the pleura and resulting in mesothelioma or asbestosis (scar tissue formation in the lungs). Occupational exposure is the most common source of exposure

The cavities within the body encompassing the chest, abdomen, and heart are surrounded by a membrane of cells known as the mesothelium. Malignancies (cancerous tumors) occurring within the mesothelial membranes are known as malignant mesothelioma, or simply mesothelioma. Benign tumors of the mesothelium are known to occur, but are much more rare than malignant mesothelial tumors.

Symptoms of Mesothelioma are: Anemia, Blood Clotting Disorder, Bowel Obstruction, Chest Pain, Dysphagia, Fluid Effusion, Hemoptysis, Nausea, Peritoneal Effusion, Weight Loss

Some Occupations related to asbestos exposure

Aeronautical Engineers
Aircraft Mechanic
Auto Mechanics
Blacksmiths
Boilermakers
Brick and Stone Masons
Bulldozer Operators
Cabinet makers
Carpenters
Chemical Technicians
Civil Engineers
Construction Workers
Crane Operators
Draftsmen
Drill Press Operators
Drywall Tapers
Electric Power Linemen
Electrical Engineers
Electricians
Firefighters
Forge Men
Freight and Material Handlers
Furnace/Smelter Operators
Garage Mechanics
Grinding Machine Operators
Hairdressers
Heavy Equipment Mechanics
Home Inspectors
Household Appliance Installers
HVAC Workers
Industrial Engineers

Industrial Plant Workers
Insulators
Iron Workers
Machinists
Mechanical Engineers
Merchant Marines
Metal Lathers
Millwrights
Mixing Operators
Molders
Oil Refinery Workers
Operating Engineers
Painters
Pipefitters
Plasterers
Plumbers
Police
Power Plant Workers
Railroad Workers
Road Machine Operators
Roofers
Sailors and Deckhands
Sales Engineer
Sawyers
Sheet Metal Workers
Shipyard Workers
Stationary Engineers
Steamfitters
Structural Metal Craftsmen
Telephone Repairmen
Textile Operator
Tile Setters
Tinsmith
Tool makers
Weavers
Welders
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