We have all heard the horror stories and seen the commercials about mesothelioma, but is it really caused by asbestos exposure? Is it really as bad as they say? Colorado Hazardous Environmental is here to give you the information you want and deserve. We know the dangers of asbestos exposure and how real mesothelioma can be. Below we will discuss the symptoms and the types of mesothelioma.

Many symptoms for mesothelioma are very mild and some may even mistake them for respiratory problems. The symptoms include:

Shortness of Breath

  • Fatigue
  • Dry Cough
  • Pain in the Chest or Stomach
  • Weight Loss
  • Bowel Obstruction
  • Fluid Buildup
  • Swallowing Difficulties 

There are three different types of Mesothelioma. Each type affects a different part of the body and can be treated in many different ways. Chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation are commonly used to treat mesothelioma. Some of these are used in conjunction with others as a treatment plan. Below are the types of mesothelioma and what each one is.

  • Pleural Mesothelioma 

This is the most common type of mesothelioma and forms in the lungs lining.

  • Peritoneal Mesothelioma 

This is the second most common type of mesothelioma and primarily affects the abdomen.

  • Pericardial Mesothelioma

This type of mesothelioma occurs in the lining of the heart and is one of the hardest to treat.

Asbestos fibers easily become trapped in the pleura of the lungs and the abdomen. Asbestos fibers can also affect the lining of the heart. Once this happens, scarring and fluid buildup can occur. As the asbestos fibers remain in your body, they start to cause biological problems, and eventually develop into cancer. If you have been near asbestos or have any of the above symptoms, see a doctor immediately. Mesothelioma can be treated, but the survival rate is very low. The faster you see a doctor, the better the odds are.