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Mesothelioma may be benign or malignant. In either form mesothelioma, tumors form, which may be removed through surgery or other treatments. With malignant mesothelioma, the tumors are cancerous and pose a larger problem.
Both forms of mesothelioma are related to exposure to asbestos. Given how long the cancerous tumors take to form, the number of people who develop malignant mesothelioma is on the rise. As a result, more doctors and pharmaceutical companies are coming up with new ways to both predict and prevent the disease.
There are three forms of mesothelioma, based on the type of affected tissues: epithelial, sarcomatoid, and biphasic.
The most common out of the three is epithelial mesothelioma. It is characterized by its small, cylindrical cells covering most of the body. Sarcomatoid mesothelioma refers to irregular, oval-shaped cells and is the least common form of this cancer. Biphasic mesothelioma is a combination of the epithelial and sarcomatoid and consists of approximately 34 percent of all mesothelioma cases.
Regardless of the type of cancerous cell, it is easier to surgically remove the tumors if they are localized.Top of Form
While the tumors are forming, the disease is often difficult for doctors to detect. This is because symptoms caused by the tumor often mimic other conditions, such as pneumonia or a common cold. This makes finding mesothelioma before it has spread somewhat difficult, so patients who have been exposed to asbestos need to tell their doctor immediately.
When the tumors are left untreated, the patient's survival rate will lower, making finding the tumor early absolutely vital. Discovered early, the tumor can be removed by surgery. Supplemented with chemotherapy, patients are more likely to make a full recovery.
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