Sunday, December 4, 2011

Types Of Mesothelioma Asbestos Diseases

There are different types of mesothelioma asbestos diseases because the asbestos can damage various parts of the body. These are named for their location in the body as well as for their progression.
Some of these mesothelioma asbestos diseases are:

Pleural mesothelioma - This is the most talked about form of mesothelioma cancer as it invades the inner lining of the lungs and causes respiratory symptoms like coughing, shortness of breath, and fatigue. Malignant pleural mesothelioma is the most common form of this disease.

Peritoneal mesothelioma - In the body, there is a sac that keeps the body parts separate from the skin in order to protect them and to cushion them called the peritoneum. When the asbestos has damaged this lining of the body, it's referred to as peritoneal mesothelioma. Symptoms often include abdominal pain, weight loss, problems with bowels, ascites (fluid in the abdomen), and sometimes a mass is palpable. This cancerous disease can be hard to detect as the symptoms are vague.

Pericardial mesothelioma - This is a cancer that affects the sac that is surrounding the heart, or the pericardium. When this lining is affected, patients can have problems with their blood pressure in addition to respiratory problems.
Some patients will also have troubles with esophageal mesothelioma cancer which affects the throat of the patient. These kinds of mesothelioma asbestos diseases can cause troubles with swallowing and eating.
There are rare forms of benign mesothelioma too that do not technically have the cancerous symptoms and cell growth, but is still dangerous for breathing and the disease can affect your quality of life.
The main concern with each of these mesothelioma diseases is the spread of the asbestos related disease to other parts of the body. If the cancer has spread, it can become more difficult to treat or require more aggressive chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
While there isn't one part of the body that is more reactive to the cancer, any cancerous spreads in the and around the heart and lungs are going to be the most serious of the three asbestos diseases.
These many types of mesothelioma asbestos diseases remind us that the exposure to asbestos is far more dangerous than we could have thought. And that if you feel you were exposed at any point in your life, you may want to check with your doctor about getting tested.

Dave Casey writes for, the web's premier guide on mesothelioma cancer. Visit the site for informative articles on subjects such as mesothelioma diagnosis and asbestos legislation.
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