Malignant mesothelioma is an unusual form of cancer in that it usually remains latent in the body for 20-50 years before it appears. However, benign or non-malignant mesothelioma can surface much sooner and is often an indication that the individual should be carefully watched for signs of more serious asbestos-related diseases in the future.
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What’s the problem?
Appearing more in men than women, benign mesothelioma tumors usually start in the tissues under the mesothelium, which is known as the submesothelium. A similar tumor may grow in the peritoneum, the lining of the abdomen. Doctors have appropriately named that disease “solitary fibrous tumor of the peritoneum.”
Benign mesotheliomas are actually very rare. They account for less than 10 percent of all mesothelioma cases worldwide. However, they do occur, usually presenting symptoms that are quite similar to those connected with malignant pleural mesothelioma. As a matter of fact, it is nearly impossible to differentiate between the two without extensive testing or surgical procedures.
Benign Mesothelioma Symptoms
When the doctor suspects that a benign mesothelioma tumor exists, he or she may initially perform a simple chest x-ray. Follow-up diagnostic techniques such as CT Scans, MRIs, and open lung biopsies are required to differentiate between malignant and benign mesothelioma.
The most common mesothelioma symptoms that may indicate the presence of a solitary fibrous tumor of the pleura are:
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Chronic cough
Cases of benign mesothelioma are easily treatable, unlike malignant mesothelioma. In most cases, mesothelioma surgery to remove the tumor is usually sufficient. The prognosis is usually excellent in these cases.
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