What is Mesothelioma?

Cancer has become one of the global disease lately. The increasing number of people suffering from cancer, a lot of people also want to know various types of cancer that may threaten their health, one of which is mesothelioma.

What is Mesothelioma? Mesothelioma is a lung cancer is fairly rare, but the most dangerous and deadly that usually occurs in the membrane around the lungs, called the pleura. The main causes of cancer that attacks the cells of the lungs called the mesothelium is exposure to asbestos dust.

Asbestos can be shaped roof board, minerals, fiber and a wide range of processed products could lead to asbestos dust and inhaled along with the air. This usually occurs in industrial environments, construction sites, carpentry and building material stores. When asbestos fibers and dust inhaled into the lungs, then the dust will stop in the lungs.

If kept inhaling asbestos dust, the dust will gather and settle in the lungs. This is the cause of cancer and the risk increases if you are active smokers or have a family history of cancer.

Cancer will be particularly deadly because the average survival time for patients with mesothelioma cancer or malignant mesothelioma ranges from 4 to 18 months, and about 10 percent of patients live at least five years after diagnosis.

Clinical symptoms occur in mesothelioma are:

  1. Dyspnea and chest pain nonpleuritic wall is the most common symptom occurs in malignant mesothelioma, (Approximately 60-90% of patients experienced symptoms of chest pain or dyspnea.)
  2. In patients with malignant mesothelioma, pleural effusion physical findings are usually known by percussion and auscultation.
  3. In rare cases, malignant mesothelioma manifests as cord compression, brachial plexopathy, Horner syndrome, or superior vena cava syndrome. Death is usually caused by an infection or respiratory failure of the development of mesothelioma.
  4. The main areas that often occurs in the pleura (87%), peritoneum (5.1%), and pericardium (0.4%).


So if you are one who worked in the asbestos industry, or having direct contact with asbestos quite often, so it’s good to check yourself before attacking yes mesothelioma.