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What are the Cause of Mesothelioma Cancer (Asbestos Cancer)?

So far the only known cause of people who develop mesothelioma cancer (asbestos cancer) have most likely worked in environments, where they inhale or swallow asbestos particles. Once asbestos particles are breathed in, they travel into the nooks and crannies of the pleura, which causes irritation and can cause physical damage to the cells that may result in mesothelioma cancer (asbestos cancer). If these particles are swallowed, these particles can reach the stomach and thus cause peritonial mesothelioma cancer. If you are working in the below mentioned occupations you need to pay careful attention to your body.  Brake Mechanics, metal plate workers, Insulators, plumbers, boilermakers, shipyard workers, shipfitters, electricians, maintenance workers, carpenters, gas fitters, or any occupation where you are exposed to asbestos particles. Males are more likely to develop mesothelioma cancer (asbestos cancer) than females, because males are more likely to be exposed to asbestos. The history cause of mesothelioma stems from the 1800s and has been known to cause mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma cancer (asbestos cancer) is very hard to diagnose and sometimes it can take many years to experience the symptoms (sometimes 30 years later or more). However, some people have no symptoms of their cancer. Also, mesothelioma symptoms can often be confused with other minor illnesses, such as shortness of breath, cough that won't go away, pain in the chest, muscle weakness and sensory loss, pain or swelling in the abdomen, coughing up blood, fever, major weight loss, and difficult swallowing. If you experience symptoms and you are working or exposed to the areas of of the professions mentioned above, you should have your doctor conduct an x-ray of the chest or abdomen.

Mesothelioma kills thousands of people every year and about three thousand people are reported to have mesothelioma cancer (asbestos cancer) every year.


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