What Is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos fibers, affecting the linings of the lungs, abdomen and heart. Mesothelioma symptoms, such as shortness of breath, weight loss, coughing and more, may not present for 20 to 50 years after exposure – making the disease difficult to diagnose and sometimes impossible to treat. The sad fact is that most mesothelioma victims aren’t treated in time and can die within one to two years after diagnosis.
Other diseases associated with asbestos exposure include cancers that affect the lung, gastrointestinal tract, kidney, ovaries, testicles and larynx and asbestosis (a scarring of the lung tissue from an acid produced by the body’s attempt to dissolve the fiber).