Mesothelioma Symptoms: Recognizing the Warning Signs

Malignant mesothelioma is a cancer that starts in the protective linings of certain internal organs. The most common site is the pleura, the lining of the lungs, but it can also occur in the abdomen, heart, or testicles.

Exposure to asbestos, naturally occurring minerals used for heat resistance, is the main cause of mesothelioma.

Asbestos fibers are very small and can be inhaled or ingested, leading to their accumulation in the body’s tissues. Over time, these fibers can cause inflammation, scarring, and genetic damage to the mesothelial cells, eventually leading to the development of cancerous cells.

It’s important to note that mesothelioma often has a long latency period, which means it may take decades for symptoms to appear after asbestos exposure.

There are several types of mesothelioma based on the location in the body where it develops: Here are the warning signs.

Written by Cassandra Williams

Cassandra Williams is a Senior Editing Manager at A2ZHealthy