Some people in Karimun regency, Riau Islands province are many do not know about the symptoms of mesothelioma. Most of them think of mesothelioma as lung cancer, while two types of this disease is very different and requires multiple methods and different types of treatment.
Among the poor is a group of people who do not know the symptoms of mesothelioma. Low education levels result in them living without equip themselves with knowledge of health and prevention of various diseases, including mesothelioma.
''I really do not know what it was mesothelioma. For me the low-income would not care about the disease, if you think about me so scared because it costs a lot for treatment,'' said Alimudin, a resident of Tanjung Balai Karimun.
Aminah, other residents said the same thing. According to Halimah, he was provided with health sciences at school, but taught in health class the teacher did not explain in detail about mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that develops in the mesothelium of the body or a type of protective covering of the body. The mesothelium covers various organs, including lungs. mesothelium consists of two thin layers. When cancer develops in the mesothelium that is between the layers. Narrow space makes it very difficult to diagnose mesothelioma in early stages.
Mesothelioma is a cancer that is difficult to treat. Once the diagnosis of mesothelioma was made, the majority of patients will not live longer than eighteen months. There are various reasons for this, including the nature of disease after being diagnosed and the lack of an effective surgical method to remove the tumor.
While most cases of mesothelioma occur around the lungs, can also occur in the abdominal mesothelium, called the peritoneum, or pericardium. While mesothelioma is most common in the lungs, it is important to distinguish between mesothelioma and lung cancer. They are two very different types of cancer and requires different types of treatment are different.
Mesothelioma signs and symptoms may not appear until 20 to 50 years (or more) after exposure to asbestos. Shortness of breath, cough, and pain in the chest due to an accumulation of fluid in the pleural space (pleural effusion) are often symptoms of pleural mesothelioma.
Symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma include weight loss and cachexia, abdominal swelling and pain due to ascites (accumulation of fluid in the abdominal cavity).
Other symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma may include bowel obstruction, blood clotting abnormalities, anemia, and fever. If the cancer has spread beyond the mesothelium to other parts of the body, symptoms may include pain, difficulty swallowing, or swelling of the neck or face.
These symptoms may be caused by mesothelioma or by other, less serious conditions.
Mesothelioma that affects the pleura can cause signs and symptoms as follows:
* Chest wall pain
* Pleural effusion, or fluid surrounding the lung
* Shortness of breath
* Fatigue or anemia
* Wheezing, hoarseness, or cough
* Blood in the sputum (fluid) cough (hemoptysis)
In severe cases, the person may have many tumor masses. Individuals can develop pneumothorax or lung collapse. This disease can spread, or spread, to other parts of the body.
Tumors that affect the abdominal cavity often do not cause symptoms until they are at the final stage. Symptoms include:
1. Abdominal pain
2. Ascites, or an abnormal buildup of fluid in the abdomen
3. Mass in abdomen
4. Problems with intestinal function
In cases of severe disease, symptoms of mesothelioma such as the following:
1. Blood clots in the arteries that can lead to thrombophlebitis
2. The spread intravascular coagulation, a disorder causing severe bleeding in many body organs
3. Jaundice, or yellowing of the eyes and skin
4. Low blood sugar levels
5. Pleural effusion
6. Pulmonary embolism, or blood clots in the arteries of the lungs
7. Severe ascites. (kepri online daily)