Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that is caused by a person being exposed to asbestos. During this exposure, a person can either inhale or ingest tiny asbestos fibers that are lingering in the air. With this disease, the tumors specifically develop in the protective lining that covers our internal organs called the mesothelium.
The mesothelium consists of two layers:
-The inner layer of the mesothelium wraps around major organs like the stomach, heart and lungs.
-The outer mesothelium layer forms a sac that surrounds the inner layer; mesothelioma grows in between or on these two linings.
There are three types of mesothelioma that a person could develop and the name is specifically associated with the location of where the tumor is found. For instance:
1.) Pleural Mesothelioma: Tumors develop in the pleura which is the location specific name of the mesothelium lining that surrounds the lungs.
2.) Peritoneal Mesothelioma: Tumors develop in the peritoneum which is the location specific name of the mesothelium lining that surrounds the abdomen.
3.) Pericardial Mesothelioma: Tumors develop in the pericardium which is the location specific name of the mesothelium lining that surrounds the heart.
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