HOUSTON, July 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Mesothelioma.us, a free online resource that is devoted to helping people with mesothelioma and their loved ones, has just posted a new study that says the symptoms of the deadly disease often slip past doctors.
As the new article on http://mesothelioma.us/ notes, mesothelioma typically takes a very long time to incubate in the body before any symptoms will appear. This makes the disease very challenging for doctors to diagnose.
In many cases, people are not aware that they have mesothelioma, notes the study on Mesothelioma.us. Also, since such a small number of people is diagnosed with the health condition annually—about 2,500 patients a year are found to have mesothelioma—it is often not on the person's or the doctor's medical radar.
Fortunately, if a patient reports that he or she was exposed to asbestos, the physician will often start looking for signs of mesothelioma in the tissues and linings around the lungs, heart and stomach.
"The physician may also order several pulmonary procedures in order to test the lung area since three quarters of all mesothelioma cases occur in the lining around the lungs," the newly posted article said, adding that CAT scans and MRI tests may be ordered if the pulmonary tests show the probability of mesothelioma.
"These tests should be able to confirm or eliminate the diagnosis of mesothelioma. If test results are positive for mesothelioma, they can also aid in the determination of the size and location of any tumors that are a product of the disease."
Doctors may order a biopsy to further evaluate the affected area; this involves removing a small piece of the tissue from the place where mesothelioma may be present.
Because mesothelioma takes so long to incubate, the new study urges anyone who was exposed to asbestos and is experiencing troubling health symptoms to visit a doctor immediately.
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