Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that has been linked to asbestos exposure. The cancer originates in the mesothelium, which is a thin layer of cells that protects our body’s internal organs. Where the mesothelioma tumor is located determines the type of mesothelioma a person has. Many people don’t realize that there are different types of mesothelioma caused by exposure to asbestos. In this blog, we explain four different types of mesothelioma found in people who have been exposed to asbestos.
Pleural mesothelioma originates in the lining surrounding a person’s lungs and chest. People with this type of mesothelioma have likely been exposed to asbestos for prolonged periods of time, usually in their workplace. In fact, pleural mesothelioma accounts for approximately 75% of all cases.
Peritoneal mesothelioma tumors develop in the lining of the stomach or abdomen known as the peritoneum. A CT or MRI scan of a person with peritoneal mesothelioma will usually reveal a thickening of their peritoneal lining. This form of mesothelioma makes up about 10% of all cases.
This form of mesothelioma affects the thin lining that surrounds a person’s heart called the pericardium. Pericardial mesothelioma can disrupt the functions of the heart, causing restricted movement that results in low blood output. Pericardial mesothelioma is rare, however, it can be caused by asbestos exposure.
One of the rarer forms of mesothelioma, testicular mesothelioma occurs in the membranes surrounding the testicles called the tunica vaginalis. People between the age of 55-75 years old are the most commonly affected group. Testicular mesothelioma is an aggressive type of cancer.
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