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Risk Factors for Mesothelioma
There are many factors that can increase someone’s risk of developing mesothelioma. These can include:
● Exposure to Asbestos: Asbestos exposure is the leading cause of mesothelioma. Between 70% and 80% of cases result from asbestos. Asbestos fibers are also on clothing or personal items, which puts family members at risk for exposure. Anyone who works with asbestos must wear specific safety equipment. Before leaving the workplace, they must also shower and change clothes.
● Radiation Exposure: Someone who has had radiation therapy has more risk.
● Smoking: Smoking alone does not increase the risk of mesothelioma. However, a combination of asbestos exposure and smoking can increase your risk.
Every year, 3,000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma in the United States. The average age is 72 years old for a pleural mesothelioma diagnosis. Statistics show that the rate of new diagnoses stopped increasing and may be declining in men.
If the cancer is caught early enough and is still localized, there is a 41% to 46% chance of two-year survival. That rate drops to 26% to 38% when it spreads to nearby areas and/or the lymph nodes. Once the cancer has spread to other parts of the body, the two-year survival rate drops to 17%.
Survival rates drop even further when projected over five years. Mesothelioma usually isn’t diagnosed until it’s at a late stage. Even with early detection, the five-year survival rate is only 10%. The rate jumps to 13% to 16% if it’s found early and is still localized. If it’s spread to other areas, the five-year survival rate is less than 1%.
These are just estimates based on prior data. They may not reflect recent advancements in treatment options.
Signs and Symptoms of Mesothelioma
People diagnosed with mesothelioma can experience many symptoms or show nothing at all. It can also take decades after exposure before any symptoms begin to appear. It’s not definitive proof that you have mesothelioma just because you have these symptoms. Get tested by your doctor right away for mesothelioma.
When mesothelioma moves into the chest, it’s known as pleural mesothelioma. Symptoms can include:
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath caused by a thickening of the lung’s lining that restricts how much it can expand
- Pleural effusion, which is a buildup of fluid in the chest area
Peritoneal mesothelioma affects the abdominal area. It has symptoms like:
- Ascites, which is abdominal swelling from fluid buildup
- Abdominal pain
- Blockage of the bowels
Other general mesothelioma symptoms can include:
- Weight loss
- Night sweats
- Issues with blood clotting
Doctors use a series of tests to diagnose cancer. More tests can determine if the cancer has spread to other parts of the body. The clinical term for that is metastasis. Like other types of cancer, taking a biopsy is the main way to test for cancer. However, mesothelioma is a bit trickier and often requires other proof.
A pleural effusion is often the first symptom that brings someone to see the doctor. To see if it’s mesothelioma, the doctors will test the fluid. You cannot start a mesothelioma lawsuit without proof that you have asbestos-exposure-related cancer.
To find out what stage of mesothelioma you have, the doctors will use procedures like:
- Asking you about your health history to learn how you were exposed to asbestos
- Doing a physical examination
- Running blood tests
- Testing your lung function
- Diagnostic imaging tests like x-rays, CT scans, MRIs, or even PET-CT scan
A PET scan is usually combined with other imaging tests like CT scans. This type of test takes photos of your organs and tissues. Medical professionals use radio-labeled sugar substance to look at the cells that absorb it. Cancer uses more energy, so it will show where there is higher absorption of the substance.
Stages and Treatment Options
Staging describes where the cancer is, how far it’s spread, and how it’s effecting other organs. Doctors have a better idea of treatment options when they can determine what stage cancer you have. There are four main stages of cancer — stage I is the best outcome. Stage IV is cancer that may be in the lymph nodes and has spread to other body parts.
Treatment options vary based on your results. They include a plan made by healthcare professionals like oncology nurses, pharmacists, counselors, and physician assistants. Some possible treatment options include:
- Radiation therapy
- Targeted therapy
Other treatment options may include a clinical trial that focuses on new treatments. Researchers are learning if a new treatment protocol is safe and effective and if it will work over other options. To learn more about clinical trials and if there is one for you, check Cancer.Net’s clinical trial’s resources.
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