Mesothelioma Not Just a Problem of the Past


Mesothelioma is known as the silent killer for many who have been exposed to asbestos. This aggressive cancer found in the lungs or stomach lining, usually remains undetected until it’s late stages. Approximately 3,000 cases are reported each year in The United States. Men seem to be more inclined to develop this disease. Caucasians and hispanics also have a higher percentage rate of being carriers. Mesothelioma is becoming less predominant in the United States, but is still actively spreading in other countries. The good news is that the survival rate is increasing. There is help available, but you must tread carefully and choose wisely when seeking where you will be getting the assistance from. is a trusted resource for Mesothelioma and a great place to turn to for a helping hand you can trust. (If you’re interested, you can find information on alternative mesothelioma treatment here)

When Mesothelioma was at its peak, life expectancy was approximately 3 years. Since then life expectancy rates have nearly doubled. Last year it was discovered that the posterior intercostal lymph nodes may serve as a weapon against this type of cancer. Receiving radiation treatment before surgery has been recently proven by clinical studies to improve the success rates and speed up recovery. There is currently a new vaccine in progress by the MGH Vaccine and Immunotherapy Center. Research and dedication to finding a cure have provided well founded hope by steadily increasing the chances of survival.

Since Mesothelioma is such a sneaky predator, there are signs that you must be aware of:

Pleural Mesothelioma (Chest)

  • Lower back pain
  • Pain on the side of your chest
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Shortness of breath
  • Constantly feeling tired
  • Persistent cough
  • Fever
  • Profuse perspiration
  • Fluid is discovered in your lungs
  • Inflammation of face and arms
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Dry, scratchy throat

Peritoneal Mesothelioma (Stomach)

  • Pain in your abdominal area
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Nausea and regurgitation
  • Abdominal fluid or inflammation

If you notice, many of the symptoms mentioned above are common ailments that many of us suffer from. This is exactly why Mesothelioma goes undetected for so long. People tend to think they may be ill, but not necessarily harboring a deadly disease and ignore all the signs. Most are carriers for months before they are actually diagnosed. If you have been exposed to asbestos, you shouldn’t take any of these symptoms lightly. Contact your primary caregiver right away and discuss your concerns. They will conduct the proper medical evaluations necessary to rule out Mesothelioma. This will significantly improve your chances of early detection and survival. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Veronica Davis