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Malignant mesotheliomais a disease in which malignant (cancercells  form in the lining of the chest or abdomen.  These cells are found in the pleura (the thin layer of tissue that lines the chest cavity and covers the lungs) or the peritoneum (the thin layer of tissue that lines the abdomen and covers most of the organs in the abdomen). This summary is about malignant mesothelioma of the pleura.

Being exposed to asbestos can affect the risk of malignant mesothelioma. (More)

Understanding Mesothelioma

  • Mesothelioma
  • Malignant Mesothelioma (National Cancer Institute)
  • Mesothelioma (MedlinePlus)
  • Mesothelioma (Malignant)
  • Mesothelioma and the Environment (Centers for Disease Control)

  • Commonly Asked Questions


  • Can malignant mesothelioma be prevented? (American Cancer Society)
  • Questions and Answers about Asbestos in Your Home (Environmental Protection Agency)
  • Questions and Answers about Malignant Mesothelioma (American Lung Association)
  • What Happens After Treatment for Malignant Mesothelioma? (American Cancer Society)
  • What is the Link Between Asbestos Exposure and Cancer Risk? (National Cancer Institute)
  • What Should I Know about Asbestos in Schools? (Environmental Protection Agency)
  • What Should I Know about Asbestos in the Home? (Environmental Protection Agency)
  • What Should You Ask Your Doctor About Malignant Mesothelioma? (American Cancer Society)
  • Who Is at Risk of Exposure to Asbestos? (Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry)

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  • Symptoms and Tests
  • Treatment
  • Complications
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    Last Updated: May 13, 2016