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Mesothelioma Symptoms – Asbestos Exposure – Mesothelioma Treatment

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Surgery portion of new Mesothelioma treatment plan found effective

15/05/2009 10:48:00 Richard Moyle

 

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Asbestos inhalation diagram. Image courtesy of theMesotheliomaCancerCenter

Pleurectomy/decortication, a type of surgery involving the removal of the outermost lining surrounding the lungs, was assessed in a study presented at the 2009 European Multidisciplinary Conference in Thoracic Oncology.A particular kind of surgery performed as a part of a treatment plan intended for patients withmalignantmesothelioma was considered successful preceding chemotherapy treatment in a study presented May 3 at the 2009 European Multidisciplinary Conference in Thoracic Oncology.

The surgical method known as apleurectomy/decortication (a type of surgery involving the removal of the outermost lining surrounding the lungs) was assessed in the study. The study observed the procedure in combination with chemotherapy and radiation in a three-fold treatment approach.

A group of experts, including Dr.ServetBölükbas and Dr. Horst SchmidtKliniken, devised the study to check the efficiency ofpleurectomy/decortication as the surgical component in malignant pleuralmesothelioma treatment rather thanpneumonectomy (removal of a lung).

Malignantmesothelioma is a rare cancer caused almost exclusively by asbestos exposure. Patients usually exhibitmesothelioma symptoms several decades following initial exposure, permitting the cancer to progress to later developmental stages. A multimodal therapy method using two or more methods of treatment is frequently suggested formesothelioma patients.

Thirty-five patients with malignant pleuralmesothelioma were enrolled in the study over a five-year period from November 2002 through October 2007. Patients underwent thepleurectomy/decortications procedure prior to four chemotherapy sessions (usingcisplatin andpemetrexed) and radiation to the chest wall andmediastinum (a group of structures in the thorax) roughly four to six weeks following the surgery. Approximately 94 percent of the patients finished the treatment regimen.

The one year survival rate was 75 percent with a median survival rate of 33.2 months. The two year survival rate was 61 percent with the three year survival rate reported at 43 percent.

The researchers concluded that the use ofpleurectomy/decortication as the surgical component in a multimodal treatment plan using chemotherapy and radiation demonstrated positive survival results and morbidity calls for extra testing.

Richard Moyle is the National Awareness Coordinator for the Mesothelioma Cancer Center, Asbestos.com

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Mesothelioma Symptoms – Asbestos Exposure – Asbestos Related Deaths

 

Roy Disney succumbs to stomach cancer at age 79

 

The nephew of legendary Walt Disney has died inCalifornia

Syracuse,New York 12/16/2009 09:52 PM GMT (TransWorldNews)

After battling stomach cancer for over a year, the nephew of Walt Disney has passed away. Roy Edward Disney was 79 years old. A spokesman for Walt Disney Co. confirmed Mr. Disney’s death. He died in aCalifornia hospital.

 

Mr. Disney’s father, Roy O. Disney, was the co-founder of the original Disney Entertainment Group, which was founded in 1923. Mr. Disney worked with his father and uncle’s company for almost 60 years, until he stepped down in 2003. Before he stepped down, Mr. Disney held the position of Vice Chairman of the Disney board and Chairman of the Disney Studio’s Animation Department. He continued to hold the position of Title Director Emeritus and Consultant until his passing.

While he served as the head of the animation department, “Disney helped to guide the studio to a new golden age of animation with an unprecedented string of artistic and box office successes.” Mr. Disney worked on “The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” “The Lion King” and “Beauty and the Beast,” among other films.

 

Born in 1930, Mr. Disney entered the showbiz industry when he was 22 as an assistant film editor for the “Dragnet” television series. He attendedPomonaCollege andHarvardUniversity. He was a competitive sailor, holding many records for offshore racing. Mr. Disney won theTranspac sailing race, which spans fromHawaii andCalifornia – almost 3,000 miles - multiple times.

 

In 1931, Mr. Disney joined his father and uncle and began work with the Disney Entertainment company. He was nominated twice for an Oscar, the first time in 1959 for his work on the short film entitled “Mysteries of the Deep,” and the second for his 2003 production of “Destino,” based on the art of legendary artist Salvador Dali. In 1978, he formed an investment company called Shamrock Holdings.

 

There are many forms of stomach cancer, including a rare type known as peritonealmesothelioma.Peritonealmesothelioma is caused by asbestos exposure, and manifests in the peritoneum, or lining of the stomach. Unfortunately, unlike other forms of cancer, peritonealmesothelioma is extremely difficult to treat, and while some patients may respond to palliative treatments, such as chemo or radiation, the majority will succumb to the disease in less than two years following their diagnosis. There is nomesothelioma cure.

 

Mesothelioma – including peritonealmesothelioma and the two other forms ofmesothelioma, pleural and pericardial – has a latency period of as many as fifty years. Symptoms of peritonealmesothelioma include stomach and chest pain. Often, peritonealmesothelioma is misdiagnosed as a hernia.

A private funeral will be held for Mr. Disney, and his ashes will be scattered at sea.

 

For additional information about peritonealmesothelioma cancer, includingmesothelioma symptoms, diagnostic procedures, andmesothelioma treatment options, please visit Mesothelioma.com.

 

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Mesothelioma Symptoms – Asbestos Exposure – Asbestos Related Diseases

Asbestos Exposure

by Dave Barker

veteranstoday.com /2010/04/27/

The Department of Veterans Affairs has stated there are currently 25 million Americans who have served in the armed forces of theUnited States. Possible millions of theseAmerican veterans were exposed to toxic asbestos during their military or naval service. Asbestos was used by every military branch.As asbestos was highly regarded for its heat resistance and fireproofing capabilities. Asbestos was so valued that the military andNavy mandated widespread usage before it was phased out during the 1970’s.

Most used the asbestos products for insulation purposes, as than 300 products containing asbestos were used by primarily by the Navy from the 1930’s through the 1970’s. Every ship and shipyard built by the Navy before themid-70’s was fitted with numerous asbestos containing materials. To a lesser degree the Army and Air Force used asbestos.

What were the levels of risk for asbestos exposure on ourNaval vessels? In a word, high! The asbestos products were extensively used in engine and boiler rooms and other areas below deck for fire safety purposes. Navy personnel who worked below deck were heavily exposed to asbestos, but all sailors are at risk, as this deadly compound was used in navigation rooms, sleeping quarters, and mess halls, as decks and pipe coverings all contained asbestos.

It must be understood, no portion of a Naval ship was asbestos free between the 1930’s and mid 1970’s, making Navy veterans and shipyard workers one of the most at risk groups for developing asbestos related diseases. I have had clients who were told by the VA rating specialists that other than engineering rates were not exposed, that is simply not true. In multiple cases I have shown where deck rates wore asbestos gloves when their duty was hotshellman on the gun mounts, or asbestos suits on damage control duties.

Of all occupations exposed to asbestos, veterans account for 30% of allmesothelioma cancer patients. Thus more than 30% of Americans suffering withmesothelioma (a cancer of the internal lining of the lungs, abdomen, and heart) were exposed to asbestos during their military or naval service.

Veterans who served between up to the 1970’s have a great risk of developing asbestosis, cancer and other related disease. Navy personnel and workers employed in shipyards through the 1970’s hold a greatpossiblity of developing a disease caused by asbestos exposure.

Veterans with an asbestos related illness should contact a veteran’s service officer and file their claims. It is important you select a VSO who will think outside of the VA box, especially on these type conditions.

The veteran must provide proof that their disease is asbestos related and that exposure occurred during military service. The burden of proof is always on the veteran, in this case, due to mind sets, the proof is difficult even though it is totally obvious.

The Department of Veteran Affairs recognizes asbestos as well asmesothelioma as a service connected disability.

Even when diagnosed withmesothelioma which all cases are caused by asbestos exposure, the VA does not consider is a presumptive, nor always approve the claim for disability compensation. The veteran must provide evidence themesothelioma ‘is as likely as not’ to have been caused by exposure to asbestos while in service.

Diagnosis of asbestos related diseases is difficult as many symptoms are identical with other disorders. Symptoms range from respiratory problems as well as chest pain, thus asbestos related conditions are frequently misdiagnosed. This causes the condition to spread. Similar pleuralmesothelioma a common form of asbestos cancers, has symptoms such as a chronic cough, night sweats, and fever, which are frequently misdiagnosed as pneumonia or the flu. As a result the cancer becomes active and spreads.

Mesothelioma treatment is available at the VAMC. VA physicians and clinicians are specialty trained. The local VA may have to send the veterans to another facility, but they will make sure the condition is monitored and treated properly.

You may find valuable information on my website:
http://davebarker.portalone.us/

http://www.veteranstoday.com/2010/04/27/veterans-for-change-weekly-report-2/

 
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Mesothelioma – Asbestos Symptoms – Mesothelioma and Women

 

Mesothelioma Symptoms Target Women's Health

Written by Amy Wister   

Friday, 07 May 2010 04:51

Mesothelioma is a very rare form of cancer that develops in the membranes or protective sacs surrounding various organs of the body. These membranes are referred to as themesothelium and theyprotects organs by producing a type of liquid which allows for mobility of the organs. Specifically, in the case of the lungs, themesothelium fluid allows ease of movement when breathing. Mesothelioma cancer can begin anywhere in themesothelium and can be either benign or cancerous.Exposure to asbestos fibers is a known cause ofmesothelioma.

Asbestos is resistant to heat and has been used as the main material in roofing, waterproofing compounds, flooring and insulation. Its versatile nature made it a useful component in various products on the market, but it is extremely dangerous if inhaled, even in very small amounts. Inhaled asbestos fibers pass through the respiratory tract and come into contact with linings of the lungs which can result in pleuralmesothelioma. Ingestion of asbestos fibers can affect other linings in the abdominal cavity which results in peritonealmesothelioma. The real tragedy of asbestosmesothelioma is that it usually takes many years for symptoms to develop.

The signs ofmesothelioma are typically weight loss with no change in diet, extreme tiredness, difficulty swallowing, hoarse or husky voice, difficulty breathing,a cough that lasts for an extended period of time, chest pain or back pain, extreme sweating and recurring fever. Peritonealmesothelioma commonly affects the bowel, liver and spleen an often shows signs similar to other bowel related diseases. The first symptoms are typically pain in the abdomen, constipation or diarrhea, an increase in the size of the belly area, nausea, vomiting, fever and anemia.

It is important for an individual to seek medical care if they have had any of thesesymptoms or have been exposed to asbestos earlier in their life. Mesothelioma takes time to develop so the exposure may have occurred as long ago as 50 years earlier. A trained cancer specialist is the best person todiagnosismesothelioma.

Mesothelioma symptoms may occur many months before the disease is detected by a medical professional. Pleuralmesothelioma is the most common form ofmesothelioma and represents two thirds of all themesothelioma cases reported. The pleura lining of the lungs and chest are the areas affected by pleuralmesothelioma.

Asbestos is still found almost everywhere, at home, at work, or in public buildings. Workers involved in building demolition should take extra care and precautions to avoid contact with asbestos through inhalation or ingestion. The low rate ofmesothelioma cases detected over the past 20 years is increasing as more individuals develop symptoms and seek medical attention.

In theUnited States almost 2,000 new cases ofmesothelioma are detected each year. Mesothelioma cancer has historically occurred mostly in men because they were typically the ones involved in activities that required the use of asbestos. Industrial workers, miners, railroad workers, and those involved in the construction and insulation industries were most susceptible. Most recently, the incidence ofmesothelioma in women has increased as we begin to learn more about how asbestos fibers remained in clothing, automobiles, furniture, and affected an industrial worker’s entire household.

 

Author of this article:Amy Wister

 

http://www.release-news.com/index.php/health-a-fitness/6543-mesothelioma-symptoms-target-womens-health.html

 
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Mesothelioma Symptoms– Asbestos Exposure – Mesothelioma Cancer

 

Mesothelioma Symptoms Target Women's Health

Written by Amy Wister   

Friday, 07 May 2010 04:51

Mesothelioma is a very rare form of cancer that develops in the membranes or protective sacs surrounding various organs of the body. These membranes are referred to as themesothelium and theyprotects organs by producing a type of liquid which allows for mobility of the organs. Specifically, in the case of the lungs, themesothelium fluid allows ease of movement when breathing. Mesothelioma cancer can begin anywhere in themesothelium and can be either benign or cancerous. Exposure to asbestos fibers is a known cause ofmesothelioma.

Asbestos is resistant to heat and has been used as the main material in roofing, waterproofing compounds, flooring and insulation. Its versatile nature made it a useful component in various products on the market, but it is extremely dangerous if inhaled, even in very small amounts. Inhaled asbestos fibers pass through the respiratory tract and come into contact with linings of the lungs which can result in pleuralmesothelioma. Ingestion of asbestos fibers can affect other linings in the abdominal cavity which results in peritonealmesothelioma. The real tragedy of asbestosmesothelioma is that it usually takes many years for symptoms to develop.

The signs ofmesothelioma are typically weight loss with no change in diet, extreme tiredness, difficulty swallowing, hoarse or husky voice, difficulty breathing,a cough that lasts for an extended period of time, chest pain or back pain, extreme sweating and recurring fever. Peritonealmesothelioma commonly affects the bowel, liver and spleen an often shows signs similar to other bowel related diseases. The first symptoms are typically pain in the abdomen, constipation or diarrhea, an increase in the size of the belly area, nausea, vomiting, fever and anemia.

It is important for an individual to seek medical care if they have had any of these symptoms or have been exposed to asbestos earlier in their life. Mesothelioma takes time to develop so the exposure may have occurred as long ago as 50 years earlier. A trained cancer specialist is the best person to diagnosismesothelioma.

Mesothelioma symptoms may occur many months before the disease is detected by a medical professional. Pleuralmesothelioma is the most common form ofmesothelioma and represents two thirds of all themesothelioma cases reported. The pleura lining of the lungs and chest are the areas affected by pleuralmesothelioma.


Asbestos is still found almost everywhere, at home, at work, or in public buildings. Workers involved in building demolition should take extra care and precautions to avoid contact with asbestos through inhalation or ingestion. The low rate ofmesothelioma cases detected over the past 20 years is increasing as more individuals develop symptoms and seek medical attention.

In theUnited States almost 2,000 new cases ofmesothelioma are detected each year. Mesothelioma cancer has historically occurred mostly in men because they were typically the ones involved in activities that required the use of asbestos. Industrial workers, miners, railroad workers, and those involved in the construction and insulation industries were most susceptible. Most recently, the incidence ofmesothelioma in women has increased as we begin to learn more about how asbestos fibers remained in clothing, automobiles, furniture, and affected an industrial worker’s entire household.

 

Author of this article:Amy Wister

 

http://www.release-news.com/index.php/health-a-fitness/6543-mesothelioma-symptoms-target-womens-health.html


 
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Mesothelioma – Asbestos Exposure – Mesothelioma Symptoms

After Asbestos Death, Children Seeking Justice

Posted by admin January 26th, 2010 |

The children of a man whodied from an asbestos-related form of lung cancer in last year have filed a lawsuit against 21 corporations on behalf of their deceased father. The deceased father, Reginald Franklin, passed away in April 2009. Asbestos exposure is conclusively linked to the development of lung cancer, as well asmesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that can affect the lungs, abdomen, or even the membranous lining of the heart.

Mesothelioma affects less than 3,000 Americans each year, and while there are palliative treatment methods available, including chemo, there is no known cure. The disease typically lies dormant for up to fifty years before an individual begins to suffer frommesothelioma symptoms.

During the years between 1946 and 1980, Reginald Franklin worked at the DuPont facility inOrange,Texas.Franklin also served in the army, which may have contributed to his asbestos exposure. Franklin’s children say that DuPont should shoulder the blame for years of asbestos exposure, alleging that they, along with the other 20 companies named in the suit, worked together to mask the health risks associated with asbestos exposure.

“The negligence of defendant(s) … causedFranklin’s injurious exposure to asbestos fibers,” the suit states. The companies also allegedly failed to protectFranklin during his prolonged exposure to the material. Other companies named in the suit include ABCO Industries, OwensIllinois and the A.W.Chesteron Co. The suit alleges all of the defendants conspired to mine, manufacture, sell and place asbestos and asbestos-laden products to the American public.

Source: http://www.setexasrecord.com/news/223793-children-file-asbestos-suit-against-21-companies-on-late-fathers-behalf
 
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Mesothelioma Symptoms – Asbestos Trades – $1.2 Million Mesothelioma Award

 

Family of Navy Shipyard Worker Who Died of Mesothelioma Awarded $1.2 Million

June 16, 2009

Relatives of aVirginia man whodied ofmesothelioma after working for two decades in a U.S. Navy shipyard have been awarded $1.2 million by a jury.

Gerald Gray ofSuffolk County,Va. died in April 2009 at age 75 after developing the aggressive form of lung cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos, the toxic material that was widely used in insulation and countless other products. Gray’s family filed a lawsuit against five companies that manufactured or supplied products containing asbestos which caused his cancer.

In the suit, Gray’s family claimed the companies knew about problems with asbestos before the workers were exposed, but took no action to protect them.

On Monday, a jury inNewport News,Va. ordered one of the manufacturers, Illinois-based John Crane Inc., to pay $1.2 million in damages to Gray’s wife, daughter, and two sons. Four other defendants named in the suit previously settled out of court. Jurors found that Crane was 30 percent responsible for Gray’s death.

Distinguished Navy Career

Gray was once the second-highest-ranking enlisted man in the Navy andbattledmesothelioma for 16 months before his death. A native ofTexas, Gray enlisted in the Navy in 1951 and became the command master chief for the Atlantic fleet, officials said.

He worked on many ship-repair projects over 20 years, including an overhaul of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise in the 1960s. During the course of his work, Gray was exposed to asbestos in the insulation of the ship’s engine room and other areas of the vessel.

After his retirement from the Navy, Gray became a school teacher inChesapeake. He was diagnosed in February 2008, nearly 37 years after he left the Navy. It is not unusual formesothelioma symptoms to remain undetected for many years, even decades, after the patient is first exposed to asbestos.

John Crane Inc. reportedly is considering an appeal of the jury award.

http://www.attorneyatlaw.com/2009/06/family-of-navy-shipyard-worker-who-died-of-mesothelioma-awarded-1-2-million/
 
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Mesothelioma Symptoms – Asbestos Medical – Asbestos Fibers in Human Cells

 

How Asbestos Fibers Trigger CancerIn Human Cells

 

ScienceDaily (Dec. 22, 2008) — Ohio State University scientists believe they are the first in the world to study the molecular underpinnings of cancer by probing individual bonds between anasbestos fiber and human cells.

 

Though any clinical application is years away, theresearchers hope their findings could aid in drug development efforts targeting illnesses caused by excessive exposure to asbestos, including the deadly cancer calledmesothelioma.

 

The researchers use atomic force microscopy to observe how a single asbestos fiber binds with a specific receptor protein on cell surfaces. They suspect that at least one of the more lethal forms of asbestos triggers a cascade of events inside cells that eventually lead to illness, sometimes decades later.

 

The conditions most commonly associated with long-term exposure to airborne asbestos are lung cancer; asbestosis, a chronic respiratory disease; andmesothelioma, a cancer that forms in the membrane lining most internal organs of the body, including the lungs.

 

Eric Taylor, a doctoral candidate in earth sciences at Ohio State and a coauthor of the study, describes atomic force microscopy as “Braille on a molecular level,” meaning it allows scientists to feel and observe what’s happening on molecular surfaces.

 

“We’re looking at what molecules are involved in the chain of events when the fiber touches the cell. Does the binding occur over minutes, or hours? And what processes are triggered?” said Taylor, who presented the research at the American Geophysical Union meeting inSan Francisco.

 

Asbestos comprises six different minerals that naturally occur in both fragment and fibrous forms. Because of its high durability and heat resistance, the fibrous form has been used in many manufacturing products since the late 1800s. Though its use is now highly regulated, asbestos is still present in many materials. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that 1.3 million employees face significant asbestos exposure on the job. Environmental exposure is also possible because asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral in soils and exposed bedrock.   

 

Crocidolite, or blue asbestos, is part of the amphibole group of asbestos minerals, which were banned in most of the Western world by the mid-1980s. Before that, they were used in such products as ceiling tiles and thermal insulation.

 

OhioState researchers have focused so far on thecrocidolite form of asbestos, but eventually hope to study how all six forms of asbestos interact with certain proteins on cell surfaces. Some forms of asbestos can dissolve in the lungs if they are inhaled, but others are believed to essentially “stick” to cells, especially at high concentrations, and eventually cause lung diseases.

 

“For the first time, this will give us data on biological activity that should help policymakers determine which forms of asbestos are the most dangerous,” said Steven Lower, associate professor of earth sciences atOhioState and a coauthor on the study.

 

“The hypothesis we’re testing is that binding of cell surface receptors to asbestos fibers triggers a signal event, which initiates the cancer,” saidLower, also a faculty member in theSchool ofEnvironment and Natural Resources. “There seems to be something intrinsic about certain types of asbestos, blue asbestos in particular, that elicits a unique signal, and it triggers inflammation, the formation of pre-malignant cells and, ultimately, cancer.”

 

The first protein to be studied is epidermal growth factor receptor, which is present on the surface of every human cell. Understanding the intricacies of the binding process between the mineral and one or more proteins will provide an index of the biological activity of a particular type of asbestos, and might lead the researchers to figure out how to prevent or undo that interaction,Lower said.

 

Taylor said the driving motivation behind the research is the potential to find a way to intervene and prevent illness even after someone isexposed to asbestos.Mesothelioma symptoms don’t typically appear until 30 to 50 years after exposure. After diagnosis, however, the cancer is difficult to control, and there is no cure.

This work is supported by the National Science Foundation.

 

Taylor and Lower conducted the research with Ann Wylie of theUniversity ofMaryland and Brooke Mossman of theUniversity ofVermont.

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The early symptoms of mesothelioma are often similar to pneumonia with symptoms including chest pain, coughing, shortness of breath and a build up of fluid (shown by a chest x-ray). The most commonly affected lung is the right, approximately 60% of the time, whilst symptoms in both lungs are rare at 5% of the time. Mesothelioma symptoms are not limited to the above and can also include weight loss, fever nauseu and abdomen swelling (for those affected by peritoneal Mesothelioma).

One thing to consider is that early symptoms of mesothelioma can be mis-diagnosed. Part of this reason is that many of the symptoms are similar to pneumonia, including shortness of breath, persistent cough and chest pain.
Mesothelioma develops at a slow rate, making it difficult for people to know when they have it. The first symptoms of mesothelioma are often shortness of breath, chest pain, fever, cough, nausea, pain in abdomen, or anemia. All of these symptoms are also caused by less serious illnesses, which makes it difficult to recognize the disease in its early stages. If you have worked with or been exposed to asbestos you should get screened, even if you do not feel sick.

Mesothelioma is more treatable when diagnosed early.

MESOTHELIOMA SYMPTOMS
Common Malignant Mesothelioma Symptoms

Patients often experience symptoms for 4-6 months before the diagnosis is made.
The most common symptoms are the following:
Recent onset of shortness of breath (31%)
Recent increase in shortness of breath (30%)
Chest pain (43%)

Other Mesothelioma symptoms include the following:

Cough (35%)
Weight loss (23%)
Weakness (18%)
Increased sputum production (18%)
The most common findings on physical examination (79%) are signs of pleural effusion (eg, dullness to percussion or decreased breath sounds).
Patients with peritoneal involvement experience symptoms as follows:
Abdominal pain (60%)
Anorexia (27%)
Weakness (12%)
Nausea (11%)

The most common signs of Peritoneal Mesothelioma include the following:
Abdominal distention (56%)
Ascites (37%)
Weight loss (38%)
Abdominal mass (11%)
Frequency of Mesothelioma
In the US: Annual incidence of mesothelioma is 7-13 per 1,000,000 male patients with a history of asbestos exposure. Approximately 1 in 1,000,000 North American patients with no asbestos exposure present with mesothelioma per year. The incidence of mesothelioma is lower in women than in men, probably because fewer women than men worked outside the home in the mid-20th century; therefore, they were exposed less to asbestos.
The incidence of mesothelioma is highest in the Pacific and mid-Atlantic states and may be related to the location of industries such as shipyards.

Internationally: The incidence of mesothelioma in women is 2/1,000,000/year and in men is 10-30/1,000,000/year in industrialized countries where asbestos was used widely. The incidence of mesothelioma varies greatly among nations and is difficult to document in countries without mesothelioma registries. InFrance, an estimated 950 new patients are seen per year. In theUnited Kingdom (where a mesothelioma registry exists), incidence is expected to peak in the year 2020 at 2700 deaths per year and is expected to decline rapidly thereafter.

Mortality / Morbidity of Malignant Mesothelioma

Malignant mesothelioma usually is fatal. Death usually occurs within 18 months of first onset of symptoms. Mesothelioma usually presents 30-40 years after asbestos exposure.
Source: (Cancer 1986 Oct 1; 58(7): 1540-51)

Symptoms for Pleural Mesothelioma (involving the lung / chest area) are:

  • chest pain and pain in the lower back
  • difficulty breathing
  • coughing
  • weight loss
  • fever
  • muscle weakness and sensory loss
  • swelling of the face and arms
  • hoarseness
  • coughing up blood

Symptoms of Peritoneal Mesothelioma (involving the abdominal / stomach cavity, liver, spleen or the bowel) are:

  • abdominal bloating due to fluid accumulation in the abdominal cavity
  • nausea & vomiting
  • swelling of the feet
  • fever
  • impaired bowel function.

Pericardial Mesothelioma symptoms- The most infrequent form of this rare asbestos-linked cancer, individuals with pericardial mesothelioma have cancerous growths in tissues surrounding the heart. The early symptoms indicating pericardial mesothelioma include:

  • chest pain
  • dyspnea
  • cough
  • palpitations

Dyspnea is defined as abnormal or uncomfortable breathing in the context of what is normal for a person according to his or her level of fitness and exertional threshold for breathlessness.
Unfortunately, the early mesothelioma symptoms are often ignored or mistaken for minor ailments because they are not specific to the disease.

Therefore, it is critical to investigate one's exposure to asbestos. While pain in the lower back or at the side of the chest, shortness of breath, trouble swallowing, cough, fever, sweating, fatigue and weight loss may be common to many minor ailments, it is the knowledge that these mesothelioma symptoms are present in a person with a high likelihood of asbestos exposure that should raise a red flag.

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