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The different types of mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer that primarily affects the lining of the lung, but can also affect other organs. Mesothelioma is almost always caused by exposure to asbestos particles which occurs when asbestos is disturbed and becomes airborne.

There are approximately 3,000 cases of mesothelioma diagnosed each year in the United States. Because the disease has a long latency period, the average age of  mesothelioma patient is 62 and the life expectancy is generally less than a year.

The three types include Pleural, Peritoneal, Pericardial mesothelioma. The most common form of the cancer is Pleural and occurs when the cancer develops in the lining of the lung. Nearly 75 percent of the cases are this form.

Peritoneal accounts for nearly 20 percent of the cases and occurs when the cancer develops in the lining of the abdominal cavity. The last is Pericardial mesothelioma and it is very rare. It accounts for only 5 percent of cases and occurs when cancer develops in the lining of the heart.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and you would like to learn more about this disease, contact us with any questions or visit our website today http://www.mesothelioma-asbestoshelp.org.

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