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What is Pericardial Mesothelioma


Pericardial Mesothelioma - The rarest form of asbestos-related cancer, pericardial Mesothelioma attacks the lining that surrounds the heart, known as the pericardium. Though this type of Mesothelioma accounts for the lowest number of asbestos-related cancers diagnosed each year – about 5% to 15% - it is often associated with long-term exposure to asbestos. Those who worked in asbestos-laden buildings or with asbestos-containing products throughout the majority of their working years are often the victims of this dreaded disease.

This type of Mesothelioma often does not manifest itself for decades. Unfortunately, this means that by the time it is diagnosed, many treatment options are not viable and a patient’s lifespan at point of diagnosis usually ranges from about 6 weeks to 12 months. Figures like these indicate the importance of regular pulmonary check-ups for those that have suffered long-term asbestos exposure.

Pericardial Mesothelioma can be one of the most painful forms of the disease. Symptoms most often include:

Chest pain
Heart palpitations
Shortness of breath
Persistent coughing

As with other forms of the disease, the symptoms of Pericardial Mesothelioma can be mistaken for other illnesses or disorders. Patients who know or suspect they’ve been exposed to asbestos and are experiencing such symptoms should be sure to inform their doctor as to their prolonged exposure.

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