This form of asbestos related cancer is quite rare and so detecting and treating the disease is quite a difficult task for many practitioners. In a nutshell, the mesothelium is a membrane consisting of two layers that covers the outer surface of most of the human internal organs. Between these two layers, a fluid is produced that makes the internal organs to rub against each other without causing friction. The disease is usually prevalent in the layer that covers the outer area of the lung, though the disease can also occur on the peritoneum, and the pericardium, which is the outer covering layer of the heart.
The disease is a self-incubating one that does not show signs until the final times. A person may be exposed to the asbestos fibers (which cause the disease) and never show the signs until much later (around 50 years). Some of the people who have been reported to have the disease have actually been diagnosed with the symptoms as late as two months before they are diagnosed with mesothelioma. Unfortunately, the mesothelioma symptoms at the early stages will always be the same as those for other diseases, most of which are less serious diseases. Other symptoms can be concluded to be those of aging.
One of the best things to do is to make sure that the doctor knows of any types of exposure to asbestos you have. Regular check-ups will give the doctor some knowledge on how to treat possibilities of the disease. The patient should also learn to tell the doctor of any lung or abdominal abnormalities if any, even when they are not related to mesothelioma. Some of the chronic symptoms will include heart failure, chest pains, night sweats and constipation. They are common to other diseases therefore, it is always advised that any suspicious activities especially with the lungs be reported to the doctor.