Mesothelioma Causes And Symptoms
Mesothelioma causes are many, but some are more common than others. The reasons for this are probably related to how old the person was when they contracted the cancer and the area that the person lives in.
In most cases, a person who contracted the disease is a teenager or young adult, so it is usually easier to diagnose the illness based on the symptoms. However, if the symptoms are caused by an infection or the body’s immune system is weakened due to age, then the diagnosis is harder. Also, in women the symptoms will be less severe, which is why so many women develop the disease at age fifty or older.
There are many different types of mesothelioma causes that people will encounter. The best thing to do when trying to find out the cause of the illness is to first consult with a doctor to get a diagnosis. Then, it is time to look at various treatment options.
The most common type of mesothelioma is pleural mesothelioma. This is a disease that affects the tissue between the ribs and the lungs. Since this can happen anywhere on the body, it is also sometimes referred to as mesothelioma that occurs “on top of” the lung. Although it is rare, this type of mesothelioma can cause lung cancer.
A rare type of mesothelioma is known as peritoneal mesothelioma. This type occurs in the lining of the abdomen, specifically where the liver, gallbladder, stomach, intestines, and rectum are located. It is still not clear how common this form of mesothelioma is, but most people diagnosed with this type of mesothelioma have been diagnosed with the underlying causes, such as asbestos exposure.
Another of the mesothelioma causes is pericardial mesothelioma. Unlike the other forms of mesothelioma, this one can often be treated by a surgery and radiation therapy. However, the symptoms and stage of the disease may make it difficult to decide which form of treatment will be best for a person.
Radiation therapy is often the only option for some types of mesothelioma, but in the case of pleural mesothelioma it is usually the case that a person needs to undergo a surgery before the illness can be treated. The surgery is called a thoracoplasty, and it will be performed on the chest area. Other options, such as surgery or chemotherapy are also available.
When looking for mesothelioma causes, it is important to know what the exact symptoms of the illness are, as well as the particular form that it is having. This way, the doctor will be able to know the best way to treat the patient. For more information about the different forms of mesothelioma, see the links below.
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