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What is Mesothelioma?


What is Mesothelioma

Most of the references to mesothelioma that we see in the media today are referring to Malignant Mesothelioma. This is a cancer in the protective lining of the lungs, chest and abdominal cavity. 

This protective lining is called the mesothelium. This lining is the covering on all our organs such as the lungs, abdomen and heart and protects our organs as they rub against each other. Without this protective lining we would feel organs move and there would be friction and damage to the organs as they move.

It is within this protective lining that a tumor develops.
So, mesothelioma is cancer (oma) of the mesothelium. 

The most common mesothelioma diagnosis are of the chest cavity (lungs) and makes up the majority of all mesothelioma cases. The second most common location is the abdomen. According to the National Cancer Institute®, approximately 2500 new cases of malignant mesothelioma are diagnosed each year. Compared to other types of cancer, this is considered a rare form of cancer, except for the mesothelioma patient and their family and the mesothelioma life expectancy is short.

Mesothelioma Benign Form

There is also a form of benign mesothelioma.


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