Asbestos exposure can cause many different types of cancer, including throat, colorectal and lung cancer; however, it is most commonly associated with mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a malignant form of cancer that affects the protective lining of the lungs, heart or abdomen.
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The three main types of mesothelioma are pleural, peritoneal and pericardial. These types of mesothelioma are considered malignant, meaning they have a tendency to become progressively worse and spread throughout the body.
This type of mesothelioma is the most common, and it signifies that a patient has been exposed to high levels of asbestos. Pleural mesothelioma can quickly spread to the outer chest wall, abdomen and heart.
While this type of mesothelioma is rare – only about 10 to 20 percent of mesothelioma diagnoses are peritoneal – the disease can quickly spread to the liver, spleen or bowel.
Only about 1 percent of mesothelioma patients are diagnosed with this type of cancer. Pericardial mesothelioma can prevent the heart from properly delivering oxygen throughout the body.
This type of cancer is extremely rare and accounts for less than 1 percent of mesothelioma diagnoses. It is believed that testicular mesothelioma may be the result of a primary tumor in the abdomen.
While there have been cases of benign (non-cancerous) mesothelioma, these diagnoses are very rare.
Mesothelioma tumors form when epithelial cells (which make up human tissue known as the epithelium) turn cancerous. These cancerous cells are then classified as epithelioid, sarcomatoid, or biphasic.