Merlin Olsen dies of Mesothelioma Complications

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[Best Syndication News] Merlin Olsen died at the age of 69 after suffering from Mesothelioma cancer which is a deadly disease of the lungs. Olsen had a successful NFL football career and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1982. He continued to work as a football commentator for NBC. Olsen also acted on the 1980's TV series, “Little House on the Prairie.” He also starred in the TV show, “Father Murphy.”

Merlin Olsen was born on September 15, 1940 in Logden, UT. His wife is Susan Wakely who they have 3 children together. Olsen was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2009.

Malignant Mesothelioma damages the protective lining of the several organs. Most commonly the lungs are damaged by the disease. It is believed to be caused by being exposed to asbestos and can take years to the condition to develop, which can be anywhere from 20 – 50 years.

Mesothelioma Symptoms:

The first symptoms that often leads to a diagnosis of mesothelioma is a shortness of breath, a cough, and a pain in the chest that is cause from fluid collection in the pleural space. A medical doctor would have to rule out these symptoms with other medical conditions with similar symptoms.

Other common early Mesothelioma Symptoms:
Chest wall pain
Pleural effusion, or fluid surrounding the lung
Shortness of breath
Fatigue or anemia
Wheezing, hoarseness, or cough
Blood in the sputum (fluid) coughed up (hemoptysis)

Symptoms can progress to worsening health including weight loss, bowel function problems, Blood clots in the veins, and Jaundice are just some of the advancing mesothelioma cancer symptoms.

Unfortunately, mesothelioma does not have a good prognosis and survival rate.

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