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What is Mesothelioma or Pleural Disease?

What is Mesothelioma or Pleural Disease?

Mesothelioma is an uncommon type of cancer that has its effects on the lining of the chest or abdominal cavities. Its cause is usually ascribed to the exposure to airborne asbestos particles and occurs in both men and women.

Asbestos fibers are naturally occurring fibrous minerals that were mostly used in construction (by construction workers) and heat insulation and as a fire retardant until the 1970s. Before the dangers of asbestos became widely known, workers in the construction industries that usually produce or used the material were often exposed to the microscopic asbestos fibers in the air they breathed. The fibers became embedded and accumulated in the tissue of the lungs and mesothelium, eventually resulting to the development of mesothelioma or pleural disease.

Mesothelioma can develop after many years from the last exposure to asbestos, and its symptoms are very much like those of other common ones, less deadly diseases. Because of this, mesothelioma is often diagnosed late in its course.

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