Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma – A Cancer in the Lining of Lungs

Malignant pleural mesothelioma is mesothelioma that starts in the pleural membrane covering the lungs. Pleural is two thin fibrous sheets of tissue that protect the lungs and produce lubricating fluid of the membranes. When cancer cells grow in pleural, the function of this membrane to protect lungs is decreasing that mean lungs will be exposed to danger. Cancer cells also reduce the production of lubricating fluids that make the membrane could not slide smoothly when the lung expand and deflate as we breathe. That will make another issue to lungs. Since the cancer will affect the lungs, the symptoms may similar with lung cancer. However, pleural mesothelioma is different from lung cancer because the cancer is not starting at the lung but in the lining of the lung.

Pleural mesothelioma is malignant cancer that means it aggressive and deadly. It could spread quickly and increase mortality in a very short time. In fact, malignant pleural mesothelioma is still incurable to the very day. In some cases, the cancer cells could spread into pericardium (tissue covering heart) that makes it more lethal. Several treatments are available to reduce suffering and longer the life of patients but the cure is not available yet. Nevertheless, researchers all around the world do not stop studying, researching, and trialing to find a better treatment to mesothelioma with goal of a cure for the disease. In order to increase patient quality of life, communities are there to support patients and families.

Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma

Asbestos is the Common Cause of Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma

Malignant pleural mesothelioma is highly linked with the exposure to asbestos, especially long time exposure to great amount of asbestos. Asbestos is material with heat and fire resistant characteristics that was widely used in various industries as insulating material. Asbestos is made of tiny sharp fibers that could easily enter inhalation line when your breath and make their way to the pleural. The fibers could irritate pleural, cause mutations, and lead to cancer. Most pleural mesothelioma patients have history of asbestos exposure. That is the reason why asbestos is said to be the most common cause of pleural mesothelioma.

Since asbestos is found to be the common cause of pleural mesothelioma, asbestos is now banned in most countries all over the world. Unfortunately, before the material is banned, so many people were worked in asbestos industries and now highly risk to mesothelioma. The fact that the cancer commonly developed more than 10 years after exposure makes the number of mesothelioma patients increases fast in recent years. If you or someone you know have history with asbestos exposure, it is very important to be tentative with possibility of malignant pleural mesothelioma. When you experience some symptoms such as chest pain, short breathing, swollen chest, persistent cough, and hoarse voices, better you see doctor immediately.


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