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Malignant mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer found in the mesothelium, the protective sac that surrounds most of the body's internal organs, such as the lungs, heart, and abdominal cavity. Most cases of mesothelioma develop in the mesothelium that covers the lungs and lines the chest wall (pleura) or in the mesothelium that lines the abdominal cavity (peritoneum). These cancer cells can spread (metastasize) to other parts of the body if not treated.

Because malignant mesothelioma takes a long time to develop (30-40 years) and tends to have early symptoms that are similar to those for other common conditions, the cancer may go undetected until it ha (More)

Understanding Mesothelioma

  • Malignant Mesothelioma (National Cancer Institute)
  • Mesothelioma (MedlinePlus)
  • Mesothelioma (Malignant) (ADAM)
  • Mesothelioma and the Environment (Centers for Disease Control)

  • Commonly Asked Questions

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  • Can malignant mesothelioma be prevented? (American Cancer Society)
  • Questions and Answers about Asbestos in Your Home (Environmental Protection Agency)
  • Questions and Answers about Malignant Mesothelioma (American Lung Association)
  • What Happens After Treatment for Malignant Mesothelioma? (American Cancer Society)
  • What is the Link Between Asbestos Exposure and Cancer Risk? (National Cancer Institute)
  • What Should I Know about Asbestos in Schools? (Environmental Protection Agency)
  • What Should I Know about Asbestos in the Home? (Environmental Protection Agency)
  • What Should You Ask Your Doctor About Malignant Mesothelioma? (American Cancer Society)
  • Who Is at Risk of Exposure to Asbestos? (Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry)

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