March 31, 2011

Mesothelioma and Its Effect on the Hip Joint (and the Lungs)

Asbestos is a natural mineral found in deposits in the earth. Prior to 1975, it was widely used in drywall, insulation, tile, and heating appliances in older buildings such as schools, homes, and day cares. When the asbestos minerals are intact, they are harmless. But when disturbed, the microscopic fibers are released into the air.

What many people do not understand is that you do not have to work in a demolition area or warehouse building to be affected by these deadly fibers. Asbestos is a common air pollutant and can harm anyone and everyone.

Since it takes about 20-50 years for symptoms of mesothelioma to show, much damage can have already been done. There are two main forms of mesothelioma; Pleural which is lung disease and Peritoneal which forms in the abdominal region. Peritoneal mesothelioma is a very hard type to diagnosis, for most of the symptoms are common to that of a cyst, inflamed organs, or other gastronomic issues.

Symptoms of this form are abdominal pain, fluid retention, and weight loss or gain. Thoracic pain and hip pain are also a common symptom. Due the intensity of this pain, change to walking patterns, physical therapy, and added weight can bear a great deal of stress on the hip joints. If by this age, you have not had a hip replacement, it is not unlikely you won’t. Weakening of the sockets either due to the reaction to pain or the metastasis of the cancer is common. To find out the most information related to Mesothelioma treatment and prognosis, visit:

Mesothlioma can also affect the lungs. Make sure to check out Mesothelioma Lung Cancer, a website with the most up to date and comprehensive information about Pleural Mesothelioma on the web; with information ranging from a complete list of symptoms, to treatment options and steps to take after a diagnosis.

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