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Why is Mesothelioma So Deadly?

Mesothelioma is so deadly primarily because it may lay dormant for many years, sometimes decades, without noticeable symptoms. When symptoms do appear, the disease has usually progressed to a later stage, with limited treatment options.

Another factor which contributes to the deadliness of mesothelioma is that the symptoms, when present, are also consistent with other less severe illnesses. This often leads to a delayed diagnosis, allowing the cancer to continue to grow and potentially spread as a diagnosis is pursued.

For those diagnosed at an earlier stage, more treatment options are available. Although the disease is incurable, the treatment options (for those who are eligible) may substantially increase life expectancy, as well as the quality of life.

As asbestos fibers are breathed in, usually from exposure in the workplace, the tiny fibers, which are too small to be seen by the naked eye, may become trapped in the lung lining (pleura) or be swallowed and trapped in the abdominal lining.

Over time, these fibers cause damage to the cells, which causes the cells to mutate and potentially lead to the development of mesothelioma.

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