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About Mesothelioma

What is it? | Who gets it? | Symptoms | Diagnosing | Stages

What is Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is an uncommon form of cancer that attacks the protective lining around the lungs (pleura), abdominal organs (peritoneum), or heart (pericardium). Most cases of mesothelioma begin in the pleura or peritoneum.

Mesothelioma is most frequently caused by exposure to asbestos. Asbestos is a group of naturally occurring minerals. Asbestos releases strong, microscopic fibers that may injure the protective linings surrounding the body’s organs. In the past, asbestos was widely used in many industrial products including insulation because of its high resistance to heat and fire.

Who gets Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is relatively rare. It is frequently associated with asbestos exposure (50%-70% of cases). Those most at risk include asbestos miners, factory workers, insulation manufacturers, railroad workers, ship builders, automotive workers, and workers in the heating and construction industries. more ...

Symptoms of Mesothelioma

The crucial symptoms of pleural mesothelioma include chest pain and coughing, and shortness of breath. Weakness, weight loss, lower back pains, and/or difficulty in swallowing may also occur infrequently.

Symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma include weight loss, nausea, and pain and swelling in the abdomen due to a buildup of fluid or a mass in the abdomen. Other symptoms can include difficulty with bowel movements, anemia, and swelling of the feet. more...

Diagnosing Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma can be difficult to diagnose. Your doctor will need your complete medical history to check for risk factors and symptoms. A physical exam will provide information about signs of mesothelioma and other health problems. Other diagnostic procedures include thoracentesis, which allows an examination of the fluid in the chest (pleural effusion). more...

Stages of Mesothelioma

Staging defines how far the cancer has spread from its original location to other parts of the body. Malignant mesothelioma moves through four stages, each one more serious than the next. more...


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