Mesothelioma is a very rare form of cancer. It is a malignant neoplasm originating from pleural or peritoneal surfaces that is usually associated with occupational exposure to asbestos. Mesothelioma is a disease in which malignant cancer cells are found in the sac lining of the chest and lungs. The stage or severity of mesothelioma is difficult to diagnose, due to the great variability in the time before diagnosis and the rate of disease progression. The first indication of mesothelioma is often by a simple chest x-ray.
Asbestos was used in a variety of products ranging from construction supplies to brake linings. During World War II, hundreds of thousands of civilian and military workers, through their occupations, were exposed to asbestos. Production slowed dramatically in the 1970s as the health risks of asbestos became public. Many products in years past had extremely high concentrations of asbestos that can cause mesothelioma including insulation.
If you feel you have been exhibiting symptoms of mesothelioma, it is imperative that you see your physician immediately. The sooner mesothelioma is caught, the better your prognosis will be. If you have already been diagnosed with mesothelioma, stay positive and keep yourself informed of medical developments as they happen.
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