is a type of cancer involving mesothelial tissues of body organs
usually lungs or abdominal. It is often caused by exposure to asbestos.
However, there are 30-50% of patients without any history of asbestos
who have received asbestos exposure of as little as one or two months
to very low doses are at risk of mesothelioma cancer. Even people who
wash clothes of asbestos exposed people are at risk. A person exposed
to asbestos could develop mesothelioma after 50 years of exposure.
in the occupations such as construction jobs in shipyards, insulators,
boilermakers, etc. are at the risk of contracting asbestos disease.
The 2 common types of mesothelioma are:
Pleural mesothelioma (lung cancer) and Peritoneal mesothelioma (abdomen
organs). The survival time for a patient with diffuse malignant
mesothelioma is from 4 to 24 months from the observance of the
symptoms. Mesothelioma is also difficult to diagnose.
of recovery for a patient with mesothelioma depends on size and
location of the cancer, age of the patient and his response to the
treatment. Presently, the treatment options for mesotheliomas are:
Radiation therapy, Chemotherapy, Surgery and Photodynamic therapy.
There is some evidence that provitamin A or beta-carotene may decrease
the risk of mesothelioma.