What is Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is particularly nasty form of rare lung cancer that has become common through one simple reason: asbestos exposure.

Since asbestos was once wildly popular as a fireproofing material in the 70s, this means many workers and even students at the time might be carriers of the disease. Their families are also at risk, because mesothelioma fibers that settle on their clothes that could also have been breathed in or ingested by their family members upon their return. Daily contact with an asbestos-using workplace can be dangerous to everyone involved.

Mesothelioma attacks the mesothelium, the protective lining covering the body’s major organs such as the heart, lungs, and stomach. The mesothelium provides important lubrication movement of these organs inside the body’s cavity and to separate them from diseased cells in other organs. They help in the migration of fluid and white-blood cells to attack infection. When irritated by asbestos, the mesothelium’s cells can go out of control. Instead of serving this vital function, malignant tumors instead spread from these points of contact to consume surrounding tissue, eventually resulting in organ failure. It is an aggressive cancer for which there is no actual cure – only to extend the patient’s life expectancy after diagnosis.

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