Malignant mesothelioma is an uncommon, asbestos-related cancer that commonly forms on the protective lining of the lungs and abdomen. While Mesothelioma has no cure, there has been a lot of advancements made in treatments that can help with the symptoms and still allow a better quality of life.
Opinions about malignant mesothelioma are changing. Incidence numbers for new Mesothelioma cases are still in the low thousands annually according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Subjection to asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral once highly regarded in building and engineering, is still the overwhelming cause of the ailment.
However, with improved awareness and consistent research, earlier detection is common which allows for quicker therapy plans which helps prolong lives. As even more thoracic specialists and oncologists become familiar with mesothelioma, patients will have more experienced health care providers who can extend their life span and increase their chances of surviving this disease.
The following infographic from mesotheliomahelp.org explains some of the raw information connected to Mesothelioma cases.