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Mesothelioma in Women: Asbestos Exposure?

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By Jason Beahm on February 11, 2011 5:48 AM

One of the risks of asbestos exposure is developing a rare form of cancer called malignant mesothelioma, which starts when cells found in the protective lining of your body's internal organs, abnormally divide.

The cancerous cells can then spread throughout the body, damaging tissues and vital organs. If you are a woman that has mesothelioma, it is important for you to understand the unique risks.

Mesothelioma asbestos cancer is a life-threatening disease that can affect any of the millions of people that are exposed to asbestos due to their work environment. Generally speaking, men have far more cases of mesothelioma because they work in environments where asbestos is present more frequently.

However, women suffer from mesothelioma as well. If you are a woman diagnosed with mesothelioma, you face a higher risk of developing a benign cyst. Such a cyst can potentially have an adverse affect on your genitouriary tract, Associated Content reports.

That's because mesothelioma asbestos cancer affects women differently than men. Women face unique health risk from mesothelioma that require the intervention of a urologist who can monitor and treat the genitourinary tract.

Symptoms of mesothelioma in women, as well as men, often don't show up for 10 to 40 years after someone is exposed to asbestos. Symptoms include shortness of breath and pain in the chest.

The term for the complications that women face is "benign cystic mesothelioma." If you are a woman with mesothelioma or think you may have it, you should definitely go over the risks with your doctor.

Of course it's also crucial that you speak with an attorney regarding any potential claims you might have regarding mesothelioma.

The most important thing is not to delay. The longer you wait, the more serious the risk.

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