Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that is almost always caused by exposure to
asbestos. In this disease, malignant cells develop in the
Mesothelioma, a protective lining that covers most of the body's
internal organs. Its most common site is the
pleura (outer lining of the lungs and
internal chest wall), but it may also occur in the
peritoneum (the lining of the abdominal cavity), the heart, the pericardium (a sac that surrounds the
heart) or tunica vaginalis.
Most people who develop Mesothelioma have worked on jobs where they
inhaled asbestos particles, or they have been exposed to asbestos dust
and fiber in other ways. Washing the clothes of a family member who
worked with asbestos can also put a person at risk for developing
Mesothelioma. Other people have been exposed to asbestos in a
household environment, often without knowing it.
Unlike lung cancer, there is no association between
Mesothelioma and smoking, but smoking greatly
increases risk of other asbestos-induced cancer.
Compensation via asbestos funds or lawsuits is an important issue in
An exposure of as little as one or two months can result in
Mesothelioma 30 or 40 years later.
People exposed in the 1940s, 50s, 60s, and 70s are now being
diagnosed with Mesothelioma because of the long latency period of
Like most cancers, the prognosis for this disease often depends
on how early it is diagnosed and how aggressively it is treated. Click
For more information on this disease, you should consult a person or
organization that does not have a monetary interest in your condition.
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