Types of Malignant MesotheliomaJune 5, 2017 -
Mesothelioma cancer occurs in a protective lining called the mesothelium. The mesothelium is a thin membrane that protects and lubricates several important organs and body cavities. When people are exposed to asbestos, the sharp fibers can become lodged in the mesothelium and eventually cause cells to become cancerous.
There are 3 types of malignant mesothelioma:
Cancer of the mesothelium in the lungs and chest is known as pleural mesothelioma. It accounts for 3 out of 4 mesothelioma diagnoses because most asbestos fibers are inhaled, lodging into the linings of the lungs.
Cancer of the mesothelium surrounding the abdomen is known as peritoneal mesothelioma. It is created by ingesting asbestos fibers and accounts for about 20 percent of all diagnoses.
Cancer of the mesothelium surrounding the heart is known as pericardial mesothelioma. This is a rare form of mesothelioma and is not usually diagnosed while the patient is still alive.
Mesothelioma can also develop in the lining of the testicles. Testicular mesothelioma is extremely rare and occurs in less than 1 percent of mesothelioma cases.
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