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What parts of the body are affected by asbestos-related cancer?

Ohio residents who suffered from asbestos exposure at some point in their lives could live for years, decades in fact, wondering whether that exposure will come back to haunt them. The possibility of contracting a rare asbestos-related cancer called mesothelioma could loom over their heads for up to 50 years. The question that could be on their minds is what parts of the body this cancer affects.

For instance, why is it called mesothelioma? This cancer affects the mesothelium tissue of the body. This tissue lines the stomach, lungs, heart and other organs. When tumors develop in this tissue, it leads to this type of cancer. Most often, the disease begins in an individual's lungs, but can also start in the abdomen or another organ.

When a person begins having trouble breathing, loses weight without trying, or experiencing pain in the abdomen or under the ribcage, a trip to the doctor is in order. Distinguishing lung cancer from mesothelioma is not always an easy task, however. In fact, many cases are not even properly diagnosed until the disease progresses into its later stages. Treatment options could include chemotherapy, radiation and/or surgery depending on the circumstances.

Understanding the nature of this asbestos-related cancer could help those in danger of suffering from it. Knowing what to look for and pay attention to as the years pass could result in an earlier diagnosis, which increases the treatment options. Receiving a diagnosis of mesothelioma often comes as a shock, so the more information an Ohio resident has and the sooner he or she gets to a doctor, the better the possibilities are of having more time with family and friends.

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