What is Mesothelioma? What Are The Symptoms of Mesothelioma?

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Mesothelioma (pronounced me-zoe-thee-lee-oh-muh) is a malignant, rare cancer affecting the thin layer tissue of a person’s internal organs.

There are different types of mesothelioma. Where the mesothelioma occurs dictates the type of mesothelioma the patient is diagnosed with. If it occurs in the thin layer tissue surrounding the lungs it is called Pleural mesothelioma. This is the most common type of mesothelioma found in patients. There are rarer types that can affect the tissue surrounding the heart (Pericardial mesothelioma), abdomen (Peritoneal mesothelioma) and testicles (Mesothelioma of tunica vaginalis). Each is categorized as mesothelioma as shown in parenthesis.

Different symptoms for mesothelioma occur depending where the cancer forms in the human body.

Symptoms and signs of Pleural mesothelioma(affecting tissue surrounding the lungs) may include:

  • Shortness of breath

  • Pain in the chest under the rib cage

  • Coughing that is painful

  • Unusual lumps of tissue on your chest that are under the skin

  • Weight loss that cannot be explained by other causes

Symptoms and signs of Peritoneal mesothelioma(affecting tissue surrounding the abdomen) may include:

  • Pain in the abdominal region

  • Swelling in the abdominal region

  • Unusual lumps of tissue in the abdomen

  • Weight loss that cannot be explained by other causes

The other forms of mesothelioma are rare and there isn’t a lot of information available about them. Therefore the symptoms for the rarer forms are not fully known. Mesothelioma of tunica vaginalis (affecting the tissue surrounding the testicles) may first be recognized by the patient or doctor by a testicle mass. Pericardial mesothelioma (affecting tissue surrounding the heart) may present itself with symptoms of chest pains and difficulty breathing.

If you have any of the symptoms or signs of mesothelioma it is advised to consult a physician, especially if you have a family history of the disease or have been exposed to asbestos, which is considered a high risk factor of mesothelioma.

When in doubt have your body checked out by a professional and be sure to get a second opinion if you are still experiencing unexplainable symptoms.

COPYRIGHT © 2011 Cherie Kuranko ~ “InkSpot”

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