Saturday, February 11, 2006

Mesothelioma: The latest scourge in the cancerworld: Podcaster Alert!

Several podcasters have already been giving information on this epidemic ravaging the world today. I'll like to give my own side of the story. Are you already wondering what Mesothelioma is? I'll tell you in a minute.
Mesothelioma is an uncommon form of cancer, usually associated with previous exposure to asbestos. In this disease, malignant (cancerous) cells develop in the mesothelium, a protective lining that covers most of the body's internal organs. Its most common site is the pleura (outer lining of the lungs and chest cavity), but it may also occur in the peritoneum (the lining of the abdominal cavity) or the pericardium (a sac that surrounds the heart).
Most people who develop mesothelioma have worked on jobs where they inhaled asbestos particles, or have been exposed to asbestos dust and fibre in other ways, such as by washing the clothes of a family member who worked with asbestos, or by home renovation using asbestos cement products.


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