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Asbestos Diseases: Testicular Mesothelioma

Asbestos Diseases: Testicular Mesothelioma

Asbestos was once one of the most commonly used low-cost building materials in the UK, but it has since been linked to numerous diseases and health issues. When inhaled, asbestos fibres can cause many different health concerns, and asbestos mesothelioma is possibly the most common one.

There are six different types of asbestos disease:

Asbestosis Pleural mesothelioma Peritoneal mesothelioma Testicular mesothelioma Pericardial mesothelioma Lung cancer

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What is testicular mesothelioma?

Testicular mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that is caused by exposure to unmaintained asbestos. This kind of mesothelioma targets the membranes surrounding the testical, causing cancerous tumours to develop.

However, testicular mesothelioma is incredibly rare. Only around 100 cases have been documented, and so it can be very difficult to diagnose and treat.

Who can be diagnosed with pericardial mesothelioma?

Very little is known about testicular mesothelioma due to its rarity. This type of mesothelioma is, obviously, contained to men.

As with other types of mesothelioma, men between the ages of 30 and 70 are usually most commonly diagnosed with the disease, as it takes such a long time for symptoms to become apparent.

What are the symptoms of testicular mesothelioma?

There have been so few reported cases of testicular mesothelioma that little is known about the symptoms that the disease presents with. However, as with other types of mesothelioma, it can take decades for the few symptoms known of to appear.

The main testicular mesothelioma symptoms include:

Testicular lumps Swelling of the testicular area A change in colour or texture of the testicles How is testicular mesothelioma diagnosed?

Testicular mesothelioma is incredibly rare and, as such, can be difficult even for specialists to diagnose. Unfortunately, because there appear to be so few symptoms, patients often do not realise there is even anything wrong with them for some time.

The following tests may be carried out in order to diagnose it:

CT scans MRI scans Biopsies How is testicular mesothelioma treated?

Specialists are still unsure of the actual development of testicular mesothelioma.

The available treatments for testicular mesothelioma include:

Surgery Radiotherapy Chemotherapy What is the prognosis for testicular mesothelioma patients?

Patients diagnosed with testicular mesothelioma often have a life expectancy of less than two years. However, many factors need to be taken into account when considering the prognosis of this disease, such as the size of the tumours, the stage, the response to treatment and so on.

Unfortunately, testicular mesothelioma has a high chance of spreading throughout the body, as it is an aggressive cancer. There is also an increased chance of recurrence, even if treatments have been successfully carried out.

The content of this site is intended to inform, not to diagnose. If you believe that you may have symptoms similar to those experienced by testicular mesothelioma patients, Northern Insulation Contractors advises you to visit your GP immediately

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