Types of Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is one of the most dangerous varieties of cancer. Often, symptoms do not manifest until it has spread throughout the body. According to the website of Williams Kherkher, medical science has currently identified three types of Mesothelioma: Pleural Mesothelioma, Peritoneal Mesothelioma, Pericardial Mesothelioma. Each type of Mesothelioma has its own unique symptoms and health effects. Often this disease cannot be detected until it has already spread throughout the affected area.

Pleural mesothelioma occurs in the pleura, which coats the longs and the areas of the chest which house the lungs. Symptoms of this type of Mesothelioma can include coughing, trouble breathing, trouble swallowing, and chest wall pain.

Peritoneal Mesothelioma occurs in the peritoneum which lines the abdomen, the insides of your chest, and the area surrounding your heart. Symptoms of this type of Mesothelioma can include: abdominal pain, stomach pain, unexplained weight loss, diarrhea, constipation, and fatigue.

Pericardial Mesothelioma occurs in the lining which covers the heart and the area surrounding the heart. Symptoms of this type of Mesothelioma include chest pain, extended coughing, and trouble breathing. These symptoms can range from fairly mild to more severe.

Mesothelioma is most often caused by asbestos exposure. Asbestos can still be found in buildings. Building occupants as well as maintenance and construction workers are at risk for being exposed to asbestos in contaminated structures. If an effected area is disturbed, the asbestos containing materials could become airborne, severely increasing the health risks associated with such structures. As discussed above, this exposure could be directly responsible for severe health defects such a mesothelioma. If you or a loved one thinks they may have been exposed to asbestos, they may be entitled to compensation.