Mesothelioma a Type of Lung Cancer that Develops from the thin Layer of Tissue.
More than 80% of mesothelioma cases are caused by exposure to asbestos. The higher the disclosure, the higher the risk.
As of 2013, about 125 million people have been exposed to asbestos at work. High rates of disease occur in people who mine asbestos, produce products from asbestos, work with asbestos products, live with asbestos workers, or work in buildings containing asbestos.
Asbestos exposure and the onset of cancer are generally separated by about 40 years. Washing the clothing of someone who worked with asbestos also increases the risk. Other risk factors include genetics and infection with the simian virus 40. The diagnosis may be suspected based on chest X-ray and CT scan findings and is confirmed by either examining fluid produced by cancer or by a tissue biopsy of the tumor.
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It’s made up of silicon, oxygen, hydrogen and other metallic ions. Asbestos fibers are strong, flexible and won’t burn. They also insulate very well and don’t break down easily. Asbestos was used in old plastics, paper products, and floor tiles. In most cases, asbestos fibers are combined with a material that binds them together, producing asbestos containing material, otherwise known as ACM. Many industrial goods are made of ACM, including sealants, cement pipe, and insulation.
Four specific diseases have been associated with asbestos exposure: Asbestosis (a severe, chronic, non cancerous fibrous hardening and scarring of the lungs), mesothelioma (a cancer of the thin membranes lining the abdominal and thoracic cavities and surrounding internal organs), pleural plaque and thickening (scarring of the lining of the bladder) and lung cancer.
Synonyms Malignant mesothelioma
CT scan showing a left-sided mesothelioma with an enlarged mediastinal lymph node
Symptoms Shortness of breath, swollen abdomen, chest wall pain, cough, feeling tired, weight loss
Complications Fluid around the lung
Usual onset Gradual onset
Causes ~ 40 years after exposure to asbestos
Risk factors Genetics, infection with simian virus 40
Diagnostic method Medical imaging, examining fluid produced by cancer, tissue biopsy
Prevention Decreased asbestos exposure
Treatment Surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, pleurodesis
Prognosis Five-year survival ~8% (US)
Frequency 60,800 (affected during 2015)
Deaths 32,400 (2015)
1 Signs and symptoms
1.1 Pleural mesothelioma
1.2 Peritoneal mesothelioma
1.3 Pericardial mesothelioma
1.4 End stage mesothelioma
2.1.2 Paraoccupational secondary exposure
2.1.3 Asbestos in buildings
2.2 Genetic disposition
3.3 Immune system
4.5 Differential diagnosis
7.5 Heated intraoperative intraperitoneal chemotherapy
7.6 Multimodality therapy
11 Society and culture
11.1 Notable cases
11.2 Legal issues
14 External links
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