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What is Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma is a serious and rare form of lung cancer. Women are affected far less frequently than men by this form of cancer and it affects all races equally. Mesothelioma statistics suggest mesothelioma incidence of 1.8 in the US and 0.9 internationally for every 100,000 people. The number of people who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma has increased significantly in the past 30 years. Although many advances in treatment have been made, there is no cure for this type of cancer. Early detection of the disease however allows doctor to use more effective and more powerful treatment options.
In mesothelioma, the cells of the mesothelium become cancerous and grow out of control. The mesothelium is a protective, two-layered membrane that covers the internal organs of the body including the lungs, heart and abdominal organs. Between these layers, the cells produce fluid, which allows easy movement of the heart and lungs within the chest cavity. The layer that covers the lungs is called the pleura, and the layer that covers the heart is called the pericardium. The peritoneum lines the abdominal cavity. Mesothelium also lines the male and female reproductive organs. Mesothelioma can affect any of these cells, but is usually seen in the pleural or peritoneal mesothelium. The following are various types of mesothelioma and pleural is the most common form. Pleural Mesothelioma * Peritoneal Mesothelioma * Pericardial Mesothelioma
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