Mesothelioma And Asbestos: A Glossary Of Related Terms And Definitions

Mesothelioma and Asbestos: A Glossary of Related Terms and Definitions

Understanding the terminology commonly associated with mesothelioma and asbestos while holding a conversation with your doctor or other specialist will help you to relate to what they’re saying and make more informed decisions about how to proceed.

Below are some of the most common terms used when describing, diagnosing or treating mesothelioma.

1. Asbestos

A natural mineral that is commonly used in construction materials or similar products due to its high level of heat resistance and durability. It is a fibrous silicate mineral, and exposure to asbestos over an extended period of time can cause mesothelioma, lung cancer or asbestosis.

2. Asbestosis

A serious health condition in which there is scar tissue present in the lungs as a result of inhaling asbestos dust and fibers.

3. Mesothelioma

A rare, cancerous condition most often caused by exposure to asbestos. This is a malignant cancer tumor found in the mesothelium of the abdomen or lungs.

4. Mesothelium

Tissue which forms a lining around several organs such as the abdomen, and also the chest area. The fluid produced by this tissue helps to protect and mobilize organs.

5. Invasive cancer

A cancer that spreads from one point to another in the body.

6. Epidemiology

Statistics of diseases and their causes among a population.

7. Carcinoma

Tissue that is diagnosed malignant. This is normally a tumor.

8. Tremolite

A type of asbestos which has flexible fibers.

9. Serpentine Asbestos

A type of asbestos which has curly fibers that is of a tiered structure. The most commonly used form of asbestos in the U.S., called �Chrysotile�, and is a type of serpentine asbestos.

10. Pneumoconiosis

Also known as fibrosis of the lungs, where the lungs have been scarred due to frequent inhalation of asbestos.
If you are up to date with the terms and the words when dealing with mesothelioma, it allows you to be better prepared when and if you have to deal with it. If you need to speak to a mesothelioma attorney or lawyer, you will be able to understand some of the terms they use when talking about your case.

Again if you have to see your doctor, you will be able to understand what they are talking about to a certain extent. Mesothelioma can be very complex and confusing for anyone. Throw in the emotions of being involved or at having mesothelioma and everything can become very confusing.

This guide will hopefully help to clear up any confusion you may have.

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