Mesothelioma, a Rare but Deadly Cancer

Mesothelioma, otherwise known as malignant mesothelioma, is a very rare cancer with less than 20,000 cases in the United States per year. One of the main causes of this cancer is prolonged exposure to asbestos. Asbestos is a silicate mineral that was used in insulation, amongst other things. Due to its fire proof nature, it seemed like an attractive material. They did not know that they would be getting into something so much more deadly. Many miners who were exposed to asbestos contracted mesothelioma. However, it takes many years to contract symptoms of the cancer. Some of those symptoms include: chest pains, swelling of the abdomen, weight loss, fever, blood clotting, and occasionally swelling. While an x-Ray or MRI can show possibilities of mesothelioma, a bopsy is needed to confirm the diagnosis. Mesothelioma is also very hard to cure. Even with chemo therapy or radition. In 2010, for every one million people, about 12 people died due to mesothelioma. Hamilton Jordan, who was once the White House Cheif Of Staff battled mesothelioma, among other famous people, including: the musician Joe Sample, actor Ed Lauter, and Olympic gold medalist: Terry Mcann. All of these people, including others lost the battle to this terrible cancer. If you were ever exposed to asbestos, the best thing you can do is get yourself tested. It is best to catch this cancer early to try and stop it from spreading. Even if you were not exoosed to asbestos, and you experience these symptoms, you should express your concerns to your doctor, though it may be an inconvience to you now, you will thank yourself later. It is always better to be safe than sorry. If you are looking for ways to help those with mesothelioma, donate to cancer fundraisers to help find the cure. You can find more information at:

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