Asbestos is a mineral that was once used in virtually anything due to its resistance to fire and heat. Unfortunately, it later became known that asbestos caused mesothelioma cancer: a terrible disease that takes approximately 20-50 years to appear. For this reason it makes diagnosing and treating the cancer difficult. The most common form of mesothelioma is pleural mesothelioma and surrounds the lining of the lungs. Symptoms of pleural mesothelioma include dry coughing, chest pain, and overall fatigue.
Luckily, medical professionals are catching on. Even though the prognosis of a mesothelioma diagnosis is still very grim, there are treatment options that can prolong life. Right now the current treatment options are surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, but clinical trials are still being executed to improve and find new treatment strategies.
If you are worried about your chances of developing mesothelioma or are concerned that you have the cancer it is best to reach out to your doctor or an organization that can help. The Pleural Mesothelioma Center is a 100% free service center that can steer you in the right direction and answer any questions you may have.