What is Mesothelioma?
Asbestos related diseases including pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma arising from workplace exposure to asbestos
Mesothelioma is a debilitating cancerous disease that is almost invariably induced by exposure to asbestos. Bodily organs are covered by a protective lining called the mesothelium. In people with previous exposure to asbestos (usually in the workplace), the cells within these linings begin to malfunction and become malignant, giving rise to mesothelioma cancer.
There are a number of asbestos related diseases which are variants of mesothelioma, depending on the location of the malignant cells within the mesothelium.
Peritoneal mesothelioma occurs when cells within the peritoneum lining which lines the abdominal cavity. become malignant. Pleural mesothelioma is an asbestos related pleural disease which arises when the cells become malignant within the pleura membrane. This forms the outer lining of the lungs and also lines the internal wall of the chest.
Typical symptoms of people suffering from mesothelioma include significant loss of weight and shortness of breath.