Mesothelioma is a deadly diagnosis that affects thousands of Americans and people throughout the world every year. If you or a family member has been diagnosed with mesothelioma it is helpful to learn more about its details, causes and symptoms along with facts and figures regarding mesothelioma statistics.
What is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a condition mostly defined by the growth of cancer cells in the mesothelium and along the pleural lining that covers and protects the lungs. This is known as plueral mesothelioma. There are other types of mesothelioma that effect other areas of the body such as peritoneal mesothelioma (stomach), pericardial mesothelioma (heart), and testicular mesothelioma.
Eventually, the areas of the body effected becomes thick and leathery tumor like formations, no longer allowing fluids and nutrients to travel freely through the mesothelial tissues as they should. Mesothelioma cancer cells may also attack the membranes that lines our heart, chest cavity, lungs, digestive system, and reproductive organs.
Cause of Mesothelioma — Exposure to Asbestos Fibers
Mesothelioma is normally a quite rare form of cancer. However, exposure to asbestos fibers greatly increases the risk of developing the deadly disease.
Asbestos fibers are extremely friable, meaning that they disintegrate into smaller pieces with little force. The physicochemical nature of asbestos also means that when it does split, it tends to form long fibers that are either needle-like or curled. These fibers become embedded in lung tissue when asbestos is inhaled, creating conditions that are likely to lead to cancerous tissue growth.
Mesothelioma Latency Period
The latency period for asbestos-caused mesothelioma is the time between initial exposure or a series of exposures and the development of sufficient tumorous growth to exhibit noticeable symptoms.
Medical research indicates that latency periods can vary dramatically based on factors that include exposure severity, the environment of exposure, occupational groups, genetics, age and other factors.
Characteristics in the development of mesothelioma, its growth and the time between first symptoms and diagnosis can also affect latency.
On average, the latency period ranges from 10 to 40 years for the disease to develop after exposure to asbestos. Lower stages can develop before this time, but do not typically cause sufficient symptoms for sufferers to seek an early diagnosis.
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