23 October 2010

On Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer which is very fatal. It is a malignant disease which affects the lining of major internal organs like the stomach, lungs and heart. The lining called mesothelium is a protective membrane which covers the organs. When the lining is affected by exposure to asbestos, the symptoms normally appears after 20 to 50 years.

Symptoms of this malignant disease are one or combination of the following (depending on the affected area, ie. abdomen, lungs or heart):

  • Chest pain
  • Wheezing, severe cough
  • Fatigue
  • Anemia
  • Pleural effusion
  • Blood in the sputum
  • Shortness of breath
  • Abdominal pain
  • Weight loss
  • Mass in the abdomen
  • Jaundice
  • Low blood sugar level
  • Blood clots in veins
  • Blood clots in the arteries of the lungs

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