What is mesoloma cancer

Not medical advice: Mesothelioma is cancer of the mesothelium, a protective membrane that lines your internal organs. It occurs most often in the pleura, the lining of the lungs. The number one risk factor is the inhalation of asbestos fibers. Asbestos is a mineral fiber once commonly used in building construction materials for insulation and as a fire-retardant.

To date there is no cure. Diagnosis of mesothelioma tends to occur 10 to 50 years after initial exposure to asbestos. Tell-tale symptoms include fatigue, weight loss, abdominal pain or swelling, lower back pain, and shortness of breath. Treatment often requires a combination of chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery.

Researchers recently discovered that the organic compound Resveratrol derived from the skin of red grapes and found in red wine kills some malignant cells linked to mesothelioma.

Updated on Wednesday, May 16 2012 at 01:26AM EDT
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