Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Did You Know About Mesothelioma?

Did you know about mesothelioma

I learned that this form of cancer is classified as "a rare form of cancer" and "is a disease in which cancer (malignant) cells are found in the sac lining the chest (the pleura), the lining of the abdominal cavity (the peritoneum) or the lining around the heart (the pericardium)." (cited from Mesothelioma, http://www.mesotheliomaweb.org/v/mesothelioma3.htm?sckw=mesothelioma&scsrc=google&sccrtv=vid3&scacct=26). It is contracted by breathing asbestos in a work or home environment. It can be contracted by breathing asbestos for as little as two or three months. Mesothelioma has a long latency period. People exposed to asbestos in the 1940s-70s are now being diagnosed with this cancer. Early diagnosis and aggressive treatment are key in battling this cancer. There is lots of research going on in this area of cancer study.

No comments: