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How does asbestos cause mesothelioma? What does this diagnosis mean to me? Who is living with mesothelioma today? Learn more about this disease and those who have become mesothelioma survivors.

Asbestos and How it Causes Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma starts with a single breath. Unsuspecting victims breathe in asbestos fibers that had been embedded in any variety of products.

These lightweight fibers attack the lining around the abdominal organs, called the mesothelium. Sometimes these fibers stay in one place to eventually form cancerous tumors in the lung area and other times they migrate throughout the abdominal and heart areas.

Factors That Determine a Mesothelioma Prognosis

For mesothelioma patients and their loved ones, there are a number of options to look at when reviewing a mesothelioma prognosis. Thanks to modern medical advances, mesothelioma patients live longer with the disease than ever before.

Today, studies show that the average life expectancy for mesothelioma patients is up to 18 months, but some are living even longer. A lot of factors come into play, including overall health and age, when determining your prognosis.

Survival Facts, Statistics and Stories of Hope

When first diagnosed with mesothelioma, many patients want to know the nuts and bolts of their disease process: How did I get it?, What does it mean? How do I treat it?

While the patient is trying to dissect and digest all of this new information, the caregiver is left to handle everything else, from finances to scheduling appointments. With all of these new responsibilities and a frightening diagnosis, it's perfectly natural to feel overwhelmed.

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