Final Project One Milestone Two1Mesothelioma“Mesothelioma is an incurable, asbestos-related cancer that typically affects the lining of the lungs” (Selby, 2019 p. 2). It is caused by breathing in the asbestos fibers and those fibers attach and form a tumor in the lining of the heart, lungs or abdomen, however it is most commonto see the tumors develop within the lungs. If it is suspected that cancer is present, doctors will do a biopsy to determine if it is Mesothelioma. This is the only way that this type of cancer can be confirmed. Bloodwork and imaging scans can be done to determine there is cancer in the body but can only determine that it is Mesothelioma by a biopsy of the tumor itself. SignificanceMesothelioma is a very dangerous and lethal form of cancer because of its low survival rate and no cure. With exposure to asbestos, the cancer forms quickly and it almost non-symptomatic until in its more advanced stages. Once it has been diagnosed, the prognosis is bleak. Typical average of life expectancy for those diagnosed with Mesothelioma is twelve months. Exposure to asbestos was not just limited to Australian workplaces, it was also found in homes and many of those who took on home repairs and renovations, ended up coming in contact with the contaminant and contracting mesothelioma as a result. Many cases were also found to be contracted by those who were simply around those who had direct contact with asbestos and breathing in the dust from their clothing. “Known as ‘bystander exposure’, a significant portion of all people suffering mesothelioma come under this category” (Wade, 2019 p. 5).