Pleural mesothelioma is a cancer that develops in the pleura, a protective thin lining lubricating the lungs as well as the cavity it occupies.
Pleural mesothelioma is not a type of lung cancer since it does not directly affect the internal lungs tissues with cancer cells.
This is the most common type of mesothelioma with about 75% of the total mesothelioma diagnoses being pleural mesothelioma.
Rarity of Pleural Mesothelioma Cancer
Without asbestos exposure, mesothelioma would be an incredibly rare form of cancer. Around 3,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with mesothelioma every year at an average age of 69. This number seems to decrease as regulations decrease the risk of occupational exposure to asbestos. Around 75 percent of mesothelioma cases are pleural mesothelioma.
Cause of Pleural Mesothelioma
The cause of Pleural Mesothelioma is generally known by the scientific community to be caused from inhalation or ingestion of asbestos fibers. People who have worked in high risk industries are at the greatest risk of developing pleural mesothelioma from asbestos exposure. The disease may not manifest itself until decades after initial exposure, this is known as the latency period where the asbestos fibers reside in the body slowly attacking healthy cells and mutating them into malignant mesothelioma cell types.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Pleural Mesothelioma
Diagnosing pleural mesothelioma can be difficult because the symptoms mirror lung cancer, bronchitis and other similar conditions. Making matters worse, symptoms do not emerge until 20 to 50 years after exposure, causing many cases of pleural mesothelioma to be in advanced stage before diagnosis. It is recommended to receive annual checkups from your physician to catch the disease in its early stages and improve your treatment options and survival rate. If any symptoms of lumps or masses are present it is important for you to have a biopsy procedure done to test for the presence of mesothelioma cells. This process involves taking a tissue or fluid sample and sending it for testing in a professional lab.
Treatment options include surgical resection, chemotherapy and radiation treatment along with lifestyle changes. Surgery is recommended when possible as it can provide the most benefit to life expectancy and management of symptoms. Chemotherapy is recommended for patients in which surgery is not an option.
Symptoms of Pleural Mesothelioma
- Difficulty breathing
- Consistent pain under the rib cage
- Swelling or abdominal lumps
- Unexplained weight loss or lack of appetite
- Persistent cough
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