You might not have ever heard of mesothelioma, but you’ve most definitely heard of cancer. Well, mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer, often caused by asbestos exposure, that affects the thin membrane protecting the majority of our body’s important organs like the lung, heart, and abdomen, says the Mesothelioma Group. Like many other forms of cancer, it can be treated with surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.
To get better informed on the topic, let’s take a look at the most common symptoms and causes of mesothelioma…
1. The Location Can Vary
There are a few reasons why mesothelioma is hard to diagnose (we will discuss each of these reasons in this article). First of all, the symptoms take a long time to appear — they often don’t show up until decades after the initial asbestos exposure. Also the symptoms are hard to distinguish because they resemble many other common diseases. And lastly, they vary with each stage and location. The most common location for mesothelioma is either the chest, abdomen, or heart, explains Everyday Health.