Mesothelioma (commonly referred to as ‘meso’) is an aggressive cancer that affects the cells inside the pleura that line many of our body’s organs.
The two most common types of mesothelioma are:
- Pleural mesothelioma – which affects the lining of the lungs (the pleura); &
- Peritoneal mesothelioma – which affects the lining of the abdomen (the peritoneum).
Although it is less common mesothelioma may also affect:
- The lining of the heart (the pericardium); &
- The lining of the male sex organ (the testis and epididymis).
Mesothelioma develops over time as the body struggles to expel the indestructible asbestos fibres. It is believed that it can only take one asbestos fibre to become cancerous and cause mesothelioma. There is no safe level of asbestos exposure and anyone exposed to even small amounts of asbestos dust and fibres is at risk of developing the disease. It is however not known why some people with high levels of exposure to asbestos dust never go on to develop mesothelioma, while others who have experienced very light exposure do.
Mesothelioma symptoms can take between 10 and 60 years to develop after the initial exposure. While there is no upper limit, it is generally accepted amongst medical experts that it takes at least 10 years to develop following the first exposure to asbestos.
Sadly there is no cure for mesothelioma, but we hope this may change in the future as modern medicine advances and new treatments are developed.
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