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Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a malignant tumor of the mesothelium that grows diffusely and occurs in the pleura, the pericardium, the peritoneum and in men on the tunica vaginalis testis. Mesotheliomas are always malignant and very aggressive.

Almost all mesotheliomas are caused by strong exposure to asbestos, with a long latency period of 20-50 years until symptoms appear. Craftsmen such as painters, construction workers or plumbers over 50 years of age represent risk groups.

Mesotheliomas can also develop idiopathically in very rare cases. Depending on the location of the mesothelioma, patients suffer from different symptoms. In the most common form, pleural mesothelioma, those affected complain of dyspnoea, chest pain and persistent cough; these symptoms are usually triggered by pleural effusions and are the most common reason why people see a doctor.

Other forms of mesothelioma tend to result in non-specific symptoms such as fever, weight loss, fatigue, night sweats, anemia, ascites, abdominal pain, nausea and diarrhea. Since the symptoms usually only appear when the tumor has progressed, the prognosis is poor.

In pleural mesothelioma, for example, the mean survival time after diagnosis is one year, while the relative five-year survival rate for all types of mesothelioma is between 5 and 10%. A cure is usually not possible.

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