From Mesothelioma To Cancer

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Mesothelioma symptoms is hard to identify and can make confusions because they often look similar to signs of respiratory, gastric or cardiovascular disorders, depending on where the cancerous cells are located in the body. Different from other cancers, detecting this mortal cancer at its early stages is a tough task because it normally takes decades for the cancerous cells to develop after its initial exposure to the carcinogenic substances. Finally when these symptoms are diagnosed positive, in most cases, the cancer has already spread to the other parts of the body.

 

Asbestos is the only known substance responsible for mesothelioma cases. When the particles or dust of asbestos is inhaled for a long period of time, the fibrous material get trapped and built up in the lung tissue as the body doesn't have the ability to remove it. When swallowed, the particles will be accumulated in the abdominal cavity.

 

The Symptoms:


Pleural Mesothelioma


Pleural Mesothelioma develops in the membrane covering the lungs called pleura. Symptoms may include:

- Dyspnea (short breath)
- Dysphagia (swallowing difficulty)
- Persistent harsh and dry cough, sometimes coughing blood
- Unexplained weight loss
- Chest pain
- Night sweating
- Fever
- Fatigue
- Painful breathing
- Lumps under the chest skin

 

Peritoneal Mesothelioma


Peritoneal Mesothelioma develops in the membrane covering the abdominal region called peritoneum. Symptoms may include:

- Swelling or painful abdomen
- Changes in bowel habits
- Vomiting or nausea
- Unexplained weight loss
- Anemia
- Night sweating
- Fever
- Fatigue
- Lumps under the abdomen skin due to obstruction of the intestines

 

Pericardial Mesothelioma


Pericardial Mesothelioma develops in the membrane covering the heart called pericardium. Symptoms may include:

 

- Dyspnea (short breath)

- Irregular heartbeat

- Chest pain

- Heart palpitations

- Night sweating

- Fever

- Fatigue

 

Some of the symptoms above can be easily misinterpreted, for example if you are suffering from acid reflux or Barrett's esophagus you can also have similar symptoms such as chest pain, dysphagia (swallowing difficulty), weight loss, persistent coughing and/or blood coughing. A CT scan can help to determine whether the symptoms are due to the malignant mesothelioma disease or not.

 

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This article was published on 2010/07/23