Diagnosing the various forms of cancer is not always an accurate science. The initial symptoms can present in a large number of ways and sometimes it takes time to associate the symptom with the illness.
With Mesothelioma, often the condition is not diagnosed until the cancer has accumulated in the organ, in this case, the lungs. Because it is difficult to detect before the actual cancer starts accumulating, the survivability is poor.
Mesothelioma is a form of cancer caused by the breathing in of asbestos, a material that has been used for construction in the past. Asbestos has been phased out of production for household use once the dcotors and scientists were made aware of the problems associated with the material.
It is an especially difficult type of cancer to diagnose because the symptoms often don’t appear for many years after the initial exposure to material and the symptoms are often confused for other types of illnesses.
The prognosis of mesothelioma relies on measuring the distance of the metastasis from where it started. So if it starts in the lungs, as most cases do, if the metastasis has spread to other organs, that determines the chance of surviving and how treatment is performed.
Doctors have written about 3 types of mesothelioma, the most common being the one affecting the longs initially, which is caused by breathing in contaminants including asbestos and other fibros materials.
Initially the lungs are inflamed and eventually tumors begin to grow within the lungs, making it very difficult for the patient to breath.
The next mesothelioma is peritonal mesothelioma, which affects the peritoneum and the final variety of this affliction is pericardial mesothelioma which affects the covering of the heart itself.
Mesothelioma has not been recorded as being a result of smoking cigarettes, but it is important to note that smoking can exacerbate the symptoms associated with mesothelioma.
Researchers have said that mesothelioma has also presented in a person infected with the Simin Virus 40 and has even developed from exposure to radiation. However the most common form is mesothelioma of the lungs as a direct result of exposure to asbestos or other fibrous material.
Mesothelioma is a very difficult cancer to treat and prognosis is not good. However there has been some success with irradiation therapy, surgey and chemotherapy.
Because of the difficultly in treating this kind of cancer, the best cure is prevention and awareness of the dangers of these materials. Most countries have special laws for the handling of asbestos and other dangerous materials so in the next few decades we should see the decline in the rates of mesothelioma in the community.