Types of Mesothelioma

There are three types of mesothelioma cancer: Peritoneal Mesothelioma, Pleural Mesothelioma, and Pericardial Mesothelioma. The difference between each of these types of Mesothelioma is the location of the growth of the cancer. In the following paragraphs, you will learn about each of these types of Mesothelioma.

In Peritoneal Mesothelioma, the mesothelium of the abdomen begins to dissolve and create a tumor. This form of Mesothelioma is caused by the digestion of asbestos, most commonly by the painkiller Vioxx. This is the second most common case of Mesothelioma accounting for about 10% of all cases. Some common symptoms are abdomen swelling, nausea, weight loss, loss of appetite, and abdomen pain.

Pleural Mesothelioma is the most common type of Mesothelioma. It is caused by the inhalation of the asbestos in many building by unprotected workers. This type affects the lungs and respiratory system. Common symptoms are persistent coughing, weight loss, facial swelling, difficulty swallowing and coughing up blood. As with every other type of Mesothelioma, the symptoms may not occur till decades of exposure.

Pericardial Mesothelioma affects the heart and is the rarest form of Mesothelioma. This may take decades to develop and may not show any symptoms till the after many years of exposure. Some common symptoms are persistent coughing, shortness of breath, and chest pain. If you experience any of these symptoms and have had long term direct exposure to the chemical asbestos, contacting a medical facility is recommended.