Mesothelioma – What Are The Causes, Symptoms And Outlook

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1What is Mesothelioma

Cancers happen when there is uncontrolled division of mutated cells. Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer, meaning that it progresses and spreads quickly.There are three types:

  • Pleural mesothelioma is the most common form. It affects the pleura, or the lining around the lungs.
  • Peritoneal mesothelioma is the second most common form. It attacks the lining of the abdomen, called the peritoneum.
  • Pericardial mesothelioma is the rarest form. It affects the protective layer of the heart.

Fifty-five percent of those with mesothelioma survive for 6 months after diagnosis, and 33 percent survive for a year.

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