Understanding Mesothelioma: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment Options

Mesothelioma is a very rare and aggressive cancer linked to asbestos exposure.
There are fewer than 20,000 reported cases per year in the US.

Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive cancer that affects the mesothelium, a protective lining that covers many of the body’s internal organs. It’s most commonly found in the lining of the lungs (pleura), but can also occur in the lining of the abdomen (peritoneum), heart (pericardium), or testicles (tunica vaginalis).

The primary cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral that was once widely used in industries such as construction, shipbuilding, and manufacturing.

When asbestos fibers are inhaled or swallowed, they can become lodged in the mesothelium and cause inflammation and damage that can lead to cancer.

Next, see the symptoms of Mesothelioma..