The Mesothelioma Center online is dedicated to providing those who suffer from the asbestos-related cancer malignant mesothelioma—also known as asbestos cancer—or from asbestos-related lung cancer, or who know someone who does, with the most up to date information and support.
What is Mesothelioma?
A rare and aggressive maligancy, mesothelioma is cancer affecting the lining that surrounds various organs and cavities within the body. Mesothelioma gets its name from this lining, which is called the mesothelium.
This lining exists in several places in the body, but tumors are most commonly found in the pleura (the mesothelial lining of the lungs and chest) and the abdomen. Pleural mesothelioma accounts for most cases of mesothelioma, about two thirds of all diagnosed cases. Abdominal or peritoneal mesothelioma makes up most of the remaining third (pericardial mesothelioma, affecting the lining of the heart, is an exceedingly rare variation).
Perhaps the most striking about mesothelioma, which kills more than 3000 people each year, is that is considered almost wholly preventable. Mesothelioma is almost always directly linked to asbestos exposure. Because of this, mesothelioma is often refered to as "asbestos cancer," however, mesothelioma is no the only cancer caused by asbestos. Lung cancer is also caused by asbestos exposure.
More on Mesothelioma:
- Find out more about malignant mesothelioma, and the various types (pleural and peritoneal) of mesothelioma.
- Learn about the symptoms of mesothelioma. Be sure to let your physician know about any prior asbestos exposure, as the symptoms are not unique.
- Diagnosing mesothelioma can be very difficult, and cases of mesothelioma misdiagnosed are not uncommon.
- Although serious, there is hope in a variety of treatment options for mesothelioma. Many new and novel treatments are currently being tested in mesothelioma clinical trials.
While "meso" (as it is sometimes called) is one of the most aggressive cancers, strides are constantly being made in combating this deadly disease. We encourage you to bookmark this site and return for the latest news and resources important to those suffering from mesothelioma and their families.
Asbestos & Mesothelioma News
- April 5, 2013 - ADAO Fact #5: The World Health Organization estimates that 107,000 workers die annually from exposure to asbestos
- April 4, 2013 - ADAO Fact #4: Asbestos-caused diseases have a 10 – 50 year latency period from initial exposure to development of disease
- April 3, 2013 - ADAO Fact #3: Asbestos fibers can cause asbestosis, lung, and gastrointestinal cancers, and an aggressive cancer called mesothelioma. The average life expectancy of a mesothelioma patient is six-twelve months
- April 2, 2013 - ADAO Fact #2: 55 countries have banned asbestos, but the U.S. and Canada have not. In 2012 alone, the U.S. imported over 1,000 tons of asbestos.
- April 2, 2013 - Statement by the U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin on National Asbestos Awareness Week 2013
- April 1, 2013 - Asbestos Awareness Week: Asbestos is a known human carcinogen and there is no safe level of asbestos exposure.
- August 30, 2012 - Asbestos Update: Nanofibres, Drugstore Cowboy, Non-lung Asbestos Cancers
- August 23, 2012 - Asbestos Update: OSHA Violations & Fines, Construction Delays, Lung Cancer Links
- August 21, 2012 - Asbestos Update: Australia recalls Chinese cars, cleaning up asbestos
- August 9, 2012 - Asbestos Update: Removals, Bribes, and Encapsulation
- [see mesothelioma news archives]
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