Mesothelioma is a tumour which occurs when malignant cells develop in the mesothelium - a protective lining that covers some of the body’s internal organs. It most commonly occurs in the pleura (the outer lining of the lungs and internal chest wall) but can also occur in the heart, the pericardium (the sac surrounding the heart) or in the peritoneum (the abdominal cavity lining).
ASBESTOS RELATED LUNG CANCER
Asbestos-related lung cancer is where uncontrolled cell growth occurs in the tissue of the lung. This growth within the lungs can lead to metastasis, which is where the cancer invades the adjacent tissue and invades the organs in the body beyond the lungs.
Asbestosis is fibrosis of the lungs caused by prolonged heavy exposure to asbestos, such as in industries like construction, asbestos mining or ship building.
Asbestosis affects the tissue of the lungs and causes chronic inflammation. Those with asbestosis suffer from sever dyspnea (shortness of breath) and are at an increased risk of contracting lung cancer and mesothelioma in the future.
Pleural thickening is scarring and hardening of the pleura, the lining which covers the lungs. When this occurs, it is increasingly difficult for the two layers of the pleura to slide over each other and, as such, for the lungs to expand. This generally causes breathlessness in sufferers.
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ASBESTOS RELATED DISEASES
If you, a family member or friend have been diagnosed with an asbestos related disease such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, asbestos related lung cancer or pleural thickening and are looking for further information and support please remember that BASG are here to help.
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