Cancer happens when cells in the body divide without control or order. A mass of tissue can form when this happens. It is called a growth or tumor. The term cancer refers to malignant tumors. They can invade nearby tissue and spread to other parts of the body.
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer. It is almost always caused by being around asbestos. This is a loose mineral that is found in building materials and car parts.
Things that may raise the risk are:
Repeat exposure to asbestos, usually on the job
Living with a person who works near asbestos
Being around other hazardous fibers, such as erionite
Exposure to ionizing radiation
This cancer can take up to 40 years to happen. It may cause:
A lump in the chest wall
The doctor will ask about your symptoms and health history. You may also be asked about any exposure to asbestos. A physical exam will be done. You may be referred to a doctor who treats the lungs or one who treats cancer.
Blood tests may be done to look for signs of cancer.
Images will be taken of the chest or abdomen. This can be done with:
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