Introduction to mesothelioma cancer
t is generally considered that the main reason of mesothelioma cancer is exposure to asbestos. But there is another point of view. Russian representatives diclared that there is no evident correletion between asbestos exposure and mesothelioma.
Browse this site and learn more about mesothelioma symptoms, types, early stage diagnosis and the latest treatment methods.
Mesothelioma (asbestos cancer)
Mesothelioma is one of the cancer varieties. In this disease malignant cells are found in the mesothelium - membrane covering and protecting internal organs of human body. This thin membrane consists of two layers and produces a fluid, lubricating internal moving organs. such as lugs and heart and giving them easily glide against adjacent organs. When mesothelium cells become anomalous and start to divide without control, they can intrude into nearby tissues and damage them. In most cases mesothelioma cancer begins in the pleura but it may also occur in the heart, the pericardium, the peritoneum or tunica vaginalis.
It is considered that the main reason of mesothelioma cancer is exposure to asbestos and materials containing asbestos. Therefore mesothelioma is also known as asbestos cancer.
The correlation between lung cancer and exposure to asbestos was first reported in 1925 and many medical researches carried out during the next 60 years confirmed this correlation. As a result in 1999 Euro Commission adopted Directive 1999/77/ЕС
prohibiting the new applications of chrysotile asbestos on their territories. At the same time anti- asbestos campaign was started in many countries.
All sound logical, but there is the reverse of the medal. Russia, the world's leading producer of asbestos, has direct opposite opinion on asbestos danger. "It's just a PR campaign when they say that asbestos can kill," said V.Ivanov, president of the Russian Asbestos Association.
Y.Kovalevsky, the member of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, said: "For the general population, there aren't significant risks... I haven't seen a single scientific study that shows the need for a asbestos forbidding."
It is evident that the problem of mesothelioma cancer has not only medical but also business aspects. Asbestos industry is huge business. There are thousands of products containing asbestos around us. And so, from one side Russian doesn't want to loose huge asbestos market and will try to prove that there is no correlation between asbestos exposure and mesothelioma cancer. From other side there are many companies developing new materials alternative to asbestos and they will try to force out asbestos containing materials from the market.
Meanwhile, the disease called mesothelioma or asbestos cancer exists and unfortunately many people suffer from this disease. Therefore you have to know as much as possible about mesothelioma and we hope this site will give answers to some of your questions.
The main problem is that mesothelioma symptoms may not appear until last stages of diseas. Mesothelioma symptoms include: pain in the chest, breath shortness, weight loss, bowel obstruction, anemia. If the cancer has spread to other parts of the body beyond the mesothelium, symptoms of the mesothelioma may often include heavy swallowing, or swelling of the face and neck
Diagnosis mesothelioma cancer
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Diagnosis mesothelioma is very difficult. Mesothelioma symptoms may be evident only at last stages of diseas. In many cases symptoms of mesothelioma cancer are close to those of other conditions. It is very importante to diagnosis mesothelioma on early stages. In this connection, very promissing news came from Australia. Professor Bruce Robinson the Scientific Director of the National Centre for Asbestos Related Diseases published the world's first blood analysis for monitoring and early mesothelioma cancer diagnosis.
In January 2007, the Food and Drug Admin (FDA) approved the MESOMARK analysis to help monitoring and diagnosis mesothelioma patients. The MESOMARKanalysis foreshows the beginning of a new era in diagnosis mesothelioma, said Dr. W. Jeffrey Allard, vice president of Fujirebio Diagnostics.
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Mesothelioma treatment depends onthe stage ofthe disease, cancer location, age of the patien and more.
Steve McQueen's Mesothelioma Diagnosis
Along with traditional methods (surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy and their combination), new alternative mesothelioma treatment options are developing in many medical research centers. New options include: Anti-angiogenic therapy, Immunotherapy, Photodynamic therapy, Gene therapy, Chemotherapy and drug combinations, hyperthermia and more.
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Many are aware that famous movie actor, Steve McQueen, died of cancer. But few are aware he actually had a mesothelioma diagnosis. As most are also not aware, Steve McQueen worked in a shipyard as a young man where he was likely exposed to asbestos.
Steve McQueen mesothelioma diagnosis video