In recent years, the general public, and especially those who have worked in high risk industries such as ship building, have become well aware of the dangers of asbestos exposure. Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that can take several different forms, and the least understood type of it is testicular mesothelioma.
What is Testicular Mesothelioma?
Unlike other forms of this disease which attack the heart or lungs, testicular mesothelioma affects the male anatomy and is the rarest of all mesothelioma cancers. Records show that less than one hundred total cases have been reported, and as such, little research has been conducted on the disease. While this may statistically sound like good news for some, it can be an incredibly difficult diagnosis for the unlucky few.
Little else is understood about why the male anatomy is affected. Because of the rarity of this disease, there is little data that is specific to its cause or symptoms. In most cases, the condition has been reported after noticeable symptoms present themselves; such as lumps or swelling and discomfort in the testes. In even fewer cases, it was diagnosed during other routine surgeries.
How Does This Form of Cancer Develop?
Mesothelioma most commonly develops primarily in the peritoneum, and development in the testes often presents as a secondary tumor. It is a particularly aggressive, though rare form of cancer and has been directly linked to similar cancers that are triggered by asbestos. There is currently no other known cause. Click here to learn more about the link between the two.
Current research suggests that the inhalation of asbestos aggravates the cell lining in the peritoneum, but the reason it affects the testicles is yet unknown. The inflammation and infection of cell linings may result in the development of mesothelioma, and this abnormal growth may develop into a tumor or re-occurrence of infection.
Diagnosing Testicular Mesothelioma
Traditionally, men are encouraged to perform regular self-examinations and report any variations to their general practitioner. At that time, it may be advised to undergo a biopsy to diagnose the condition. The tumor may present itself as a primary or secondary tumor depending on the growth rate and location.
It is also wise to note that this form of cancer is a particularly aggressive strain and has a high rate of re-occurrence, despite the rarity of its initial appearance. Even in cases where the tumor has been removed, there is a high risk of re-occurrence and immediate care should be sought.
Seek Legal Advice
For those suffering with some form of disease related to a toxic chemical, you may be entitled to financial help to compensate you for pain and suffering as well as to help relieve medical expenses in the form of a claim or lawsuit. The Louisiana asbestos attorneys at Landry & Swarr invite you to contact us today and discuss your specific case in a free consultation.