The Facts About Malignant Mesothelioma Cancer

What is Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a disease that attacks the mesothelium. The mesothelium is the membrane that protects the heart, lungs, liver and other very vital organs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), malignant mesothelioma is a skin cancer, usually fatal, that is associated with asbestostatisticsCredit: Courtesy of the CDCs exposure. It takes anywhere from 20 to 50 years after being exposed to asbestos to start disease manifestation.  According to the CDC, In the United States between 1999 and 2005 18, 068 deaths from malignant mesothelioma were reported.  

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In 1999, the highest death rates for malignant mesothelioma were in Alaska and Maine far exceeding all states with a rate of 11.7 per million which was twice that of the national rate.

According to the CDC, malignant mesothelioma mostly affected white males.  80 percent of the deaths were men and 94.8 percent where White. Electricians, plumbers, steamfitters and pipefitters were the leading occupations of those who were exposed to asbestos and therefore malignant mesothelioma. It is possible for family members to develop mesothelioma from dust on clothing, hair and other items that can carry asbestos.statistics(41003)Credit: Courtesy of the CDC





Many contractors use asbestos during construction. It has been mined and used in the construction and other industries since the 17the century.  Although the use of asbestos has significantly decreased since 1973, it is still used. Because of the long latency period of disease manifestation from exposure to asbestos, most of the deaths that are being reported today were from being exposed to asbestos decades ago. So those being exposed to asbestos today will perhaps not be diagnosed until decades in the future. The good news is that asbestos usage is on the decline and there are tougher regulatory actions overseen and implemented by the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for dealing with its usage. Asbestos cases usually require an experienced and aggressive lawyer to help victims fight and recover damages since these cases are so hard to prove.


Some symptoms of mesothelioma include but are certainly not limited to:

  • Shortness of Breath
  • Weight loss
  • Abdominal enlargement (due to fluid buildup)
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Anemia 
  • Abnormal Sweating 
  • Excessive fevers 
  • Persistent cough 
  • Flu-like symptoms  
  • Aches and pains in joints
  • Chronic fatigue


Mesothelioma can be diagnosed through MRI, CAT scan or a complete exam along with other x-rays of the chest (which includes the lungs), abdomen and back.  Once diagnose, a biopsy will be done to confirm the mesothelioma diagnosis. Depending on what part of the body the cancer affects, the biopsy will be different.

Conventional Treatments

Mesothioma is then treated as other cancers. Treatment includes Radiation therapy, Chemotherapy and possibly surgery to removed diseased and damaged organs or tissue. Chemotherapy involves the use of certain cancer killing drugs, which are usually given through IV treatments. Radiation Therapy involves targeting cancerous tumors cells with radiation rays to rid the body of the cancer. All forms of treatment weaken the body and there is no guarantee of success for any of them.

Natural Treatments

Cancer Centers of America may have some natural treatment options for mesothelioma. Other alternatives include ESIAC tea, Stem Cell supplements and other herbal blends. Always consult with a licensed Naturopath or MD when attempting to use natural treatments to relieve symptoms or reverse disease.  


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 A Note about Silver and Cancer. The National Institute of Health (PubMed) has published documents about the effectiveness of silver in nano particles being used to treat affected cancer cells.  There has been a lot of bad press about silver, but in truth the organized medical institutions still use it and used it widely and effectively before the invention of antibiotics.  Before resigning yourself to death, speak to your doctor about trying all options, including so called "alternative." Consult a Natropath if you need to.  There are many writings about the use of silver helping to restore affected cancer cells to normal.  Here is a good blog to read about the use of silver an cancer. Do your own study on pharmaceutical made colloidal silverand how it can help you  fight your disease.  Always speak to your doctor about trying any new treatment including dietary supplements such as silver. Also, here's a good site that discusses the medical research of silver to treat serious diseases.  I am not affiliated with the Invive orSilver Protein Mild websites nor the above blog, but they have some good information that could be useful to someone.  Good Luck and just remember that the bible tells us, that for every illness, there is a treatment or cure.


References and Credits

All statistic graphs courtesy of the Centers For Disease Control

Centers For Disease Control and Prevention: Mesothelioma

Centers For Disease Control and Prevention: Statistical Data