Mesothelioma – What Are The Causes, Symptoms And Outlook


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.