Although pleural mesothelioma and other forms of the deadly disease have grown increasingly common in Madison County and throughout the country, they are still largely misunderstood and, unfortunately, misdiagnosed. This is largely due to the symptoms of the disease and their similarity to symptoms of similar but much less harmful ailments.
Although researchers and medical professionals have known of mesothelioma and asbestos-related illnesses for many decades now, there is still a great deal that is not known about the disease. For example, diagnosing mesothelioma remains a complicated and difficult task that is made more challenging by the long length of time that generally passes between asbestos exposure and a mesothelioma diagnosis.
Mesothelioma is a serious cancer that attacks the ultra thin membrane that lines the chest and abdomen. Mesothelioma is caused by long term exposure to asbestos fibers that are breathed into the body. The most common type of the cancer is Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma or MPM which affects the lungs and often requires drastic surgical treatment or painful radiation or chemotherapy.