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Mesothelioma

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Mesothelioma is a kind of cancer that is directly associated to asbestos. Mesothelioma grows in the mesothelium which is the lining that encapsules many of the body’s organs but is the most common in the lungs and chest cavity.

Mesothelioma is difficult to detect because you may not have symptoms for many decades after you are exposed to asbestos. Some of the common symptoms are shortness of breath, fluid encircling the lungs, fatigue, and a harsh cough that may have blood in it.

Mesothelioma also has symptoms like to a myriad of other conditions such as Tuberculosis and other cases of lung cancer. The only way to be convinced is to get X-rays, CT scans, or MRIs performed.

Luckily, the odds of developing mesothelioma now are fairly rare as measures are being taken by most federal and country programs that make convinced asbestos isn’t used in common building materials and older buildings are being thoroughly checked and rebuilt if necessary. Asbestos commonly was covered around water pipes in old constructions and used in ceilings.

Though it is naturally occurring, asbestos is relatively difficult to just stumble upon. It was applied in concrete, brake pads, and in many different fire-proof materials for a very long time.

Miners and their families built mesothelioma by working in the mines, cleaning miner’s clothing, and having a lot of it in their environment. In 1989, a full ban on asbestos was released by the Environmental Protection Agency and work began to stop developing materials that used it.

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The mesothelioma is indicated by yellow arrows, the central pleural effusion (fluid collection) is marked with a yellow star. Red numbers: (1) right lung, (2) spine, (3) left lung, (4) ribs, (5) descending part of the aorta, (6) spleen, (7) left kidney, (8) right kidney, (9) liver.

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