HOUSTON, July 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Mesothelioma.us, a free online resource that features in-depth and helpful articles and information packets about mesothelioma, has just posted an educational new article that explains the different forms of the disease.
Although many people think of mesothelioma as a form of cancer that affects only the lungs, the article on http://mesothelioma.us/ notes that it can also attack other parts of the body. In addition, explains the new article, each form of mesothelioma comes with its own specific symptoms, some of which are difficult to spot.
In general, there are three main types of mesothelioma: pleural, peritoneal and pericardial. Pleural mesothelioma is probably the type most people think of when they hear the word "mesothelioma"—it affects the pleura, which is the lining of the lungs. Because it is a rare form of cancer, people with the condition are sometimes incorrectly diagnosed with lung cancer. Pleural mesothelioma accounts for about 75 percent of all types of malignant mesothelioma, notes the article.
"Peritoneal Mesothelioma is a cancer that affects the lining of the stomach or abdomen which is called the Peritoneum," the article explains, adding that this form of mesothelioma accounts for about 10 to 20 percent of cases, making it much less common than the pleural form.
"Like pleural mesothelioma, this [peritoneal] tumor is rapidly locally invasive and often rapidly fatal after it is diagnosed. It is frequently asymptomatic, though it can often be detected by abdominal palpation as an expanding 'doughy' feeling."
The least common type of mesothelioma is called pericardial mesothelioma. It accounts for 5 to 15 percent of diagnosed cases, and affects the lining of the heart.
Anybody who would like to learn more about these different types of mesothelioma and their symptoms is welcome to visit Mesothelioma.us; there, they can also sign up for free information packets about the disease.
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