Traditional lung cancer is often associated with smoking. However, there is another form of lung cancer in which smoking is not the primary cause. It is known as mesothelioma Lung Cancer. What is Mesothelioma Lung Cancer? It is a form of cancer that is a result of asbestos, (a mineral that is commonly used for industrial purposes or as a source for insulation in homes). Basically, once the asbestos particles are inhaled, they cause harm to the mesothelium of the lungs. In layman’s terms the mesothelium is the lining that covers and protects the outer portion of the lungs, (or any other organ for that matter).
As the cancer cells multiply, Mesothelioma lung cancer undergo a host of symptoms. The most common is having problems with one’s breathing. This is caused by a build-up of fluid in the mesothelium lining. As Mesothelioma Lung Cancer progresses, an individual may have chest pain, fatigue and bloody phlegm. If Mesothelioma Lung Cancer metastasizes, other organs will become attacked by the harmful cancer cells. Death occurs either due to complete lung failure and/or the completions of the disease spreading to other portions of the body.
Mesothelioma Lung Cancer is similar to other types of illnesses such as AIDS where symptoms may not appear for an extremely long time. In fact, many Mesothelioma Lung Cancer sufferers do not experience any problems for several decades. The longest in which Mesothelioma Lung Cancer symptoms can appear is 50 years from the date that the person was exposed to the asbestos. However, it is this element of the disease that can make it even more deadly. Many may not even think to get diagnosed for Mesothelioma Lung Cancer because they feel healthy. This includes those who are at greater risk of developing the disease. Either way, doing such things could mean living less than a year to living a much longer life, since Mesothelioma Lung Cancer suffers have a better survival rate if they discover and treat their cancer early.
Treatment options for Mesothelioma Lung Cancer include drugs, chemotherapy and/or surgery. Doctors may also drain excess fluid to help a person breathe better as well as feel more comfortable. This doesn’t actually kill cancer cells like the above-mentioned treatment alternatives, but it does help improve a person’s quality of life. However, it should be noted that even the treatments that do kill cancer cells do not always work effectively, even if Mesothelioma Lung Cancer was diagnosed early. Some Mesothelioma Lung Cancer sufferers may even opt to end their treatments, as they tend to have side effects that result in pain or illness. Such a decision could result in an earlier death, but those who make it usually feel at peace at the idea that their life will end soon.
Can anything be done to prevent Mesothelioma Lung Cancer? Well, since the disease is directly related to asbestos, a person can decrease the chances of getting it if they stay away from the material. Many countries are even banning asbestos use in homes and buildings, in hopes of decreasing the number of Mesothelioma Lung Cancer cases.