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Lung Cancer vs. Mesothelioma

By Treven Pyles

Posted on June 19th, 2017 in

Lung Cancer Vs Mesothelioma

Overlapping symptoms make it difficult to correctly identify the type of cancer that affects a victim. Both diseases commonly cause chest pain and coughing, difficulty breathing, fatigue and involuntary weight loss.

- By Treven Pyles

Lung Cancer vs. Mesothelioma

Occupational asbestos exposure causes two major types of cancer: mesothelioma and lung cancer. Both affect the lungs and the chest by reducing lung function and causing pain and discomfort. Each can take decades to develop, but only months to spread to distant organs. They have similar diagnostic procedures, as well as treatment techniques.

Mesothelioma vs. Lung Cancer

Other facts you should know about lung cancer vs. mesothelioma:

  • Tobacco use is considered to determine 80% of all lung cancer deaths.
  • About 12% of lung cancer deaths are radon-related.
  • Lung cancer appears around 10 - 30 years after first exposure to a carcinogen like asbestos or cigarette smoke.
  • Lung cancer develops in the lung itself.
  • Asbestos exposure causes 80% of mesothelioma cases.
  • Mesothelioma takes around 20 - 50 years to develop after the initial exposure to asbestos fibers.
  • Mesothelioma usually develops in the lining of the lung.
  • Mesothelioma also develops in the lining of the heart, abdomen, and testicles.
  • Lung cancer had a tendency to grow in individual masses which have defined boundaries.
  • Mesothelioma first presents tiny tumor nodules that are scattered in the mesothelial lining, and will eventually grow together forming a sheath-like mass.
  • Mesothelioma is solely the result of asbestos exposure.
  • The majority of lung cancer cases are attributed to smoking and second-hand smoke and environmental exposures to radon gas.
  • Smoking does not influence the risk of mesothelioma.
  • Smoking greatly increases the risk of developing lung cancer.
  • When smoking and asbestos are combined, the risk of developing lung cancer increases at least 50 times.
Mesothelioma Facts

There are several types of mesothelioma, each with its own symptoms. Symptoms of pleural mesothelioma include difficulty swallowing, effusions (fluid), general fatigue, persistent chest pain, persistent dry cough, shortness of breath and weight loss. Symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma include abdominal pain, ascites (fluid), bowel irregularity, general fatigue, nausea/vomiting, seizures and weight loss. Symptoms of pericardial mesothelioma include chest pain, difficulty breathing, fever, general fatigue, heart murmurs, irregular heartbeat and weight loss.

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