Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos. In most cases, mesothelioma affects people who are 65 years of age or older who have experienced occupational asbestos exposure. However, while mesothelioma in children and young adults is extremely rare, with only a few hundred known cases worldwide, any diagnosis of mesothelioma in a child or young adult is cause for concern since there is currently no cure for the disease.
Because mesothelioma in children and young adults is so rare, it has been challenging for researchers to identify the exact cause. The following are possible causes of asbestos exposure:
Children and young adults with mesothelioma generally experience the same symptoms as adults, which include shortness of breath, chest pain, pleural effusion, loss of appetite, fever, weight loss, and fatigue. Doctors may confuse mesothelioma symptoms with a range of other illnesses, which makes the process of diagnosing the disease complicated. A misdiagnosis can also delay treatment and allow the disease to progress more quickly.
Before a child or young adult begins treatment, they must undergo various tests to diagnose the disease and determine the stage. This process may include a physical exam, imaging scans, biopsies, bronchoscopy, thoracoscopy, thoracotomy, and a cytologic exam. The recommended treatment includes chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, or a combination.
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