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Mesothelioma outside the Lungs

The cancer mesothelioma is associated almost exclusively with exposure to asbestos fibers. Most people who contract asbestos worked for an extended period of time in workplaces with large amounts of asbestos fibers. If you have worked in such an environment and have contracted mesothelioma, you are likely entitled to compensation for your medical bills and pain and suffering.

The most common route for asbestos exposure is through inhalation of asbestos dust. As a result, mesothelioma almost always affects the lungs. But it can also occur in other parts of the body: mesothelioma usually takes hold in the protective lining surrounding the lungs, but similar tissue surrounds other organs as well. In a small minority of cases, mesothelioma takes hold in these tissues instead of the lungs, leading to different symptoms.

Perhaps the second most common location is the peritoneum, which is the protective lining surrounding the abdominal cavity. This tissue is close to the diaphragm—the muscular wall separating the stomach and intestines from the lungs and heart—allowing the carcinogenic asbestos fibers to spread. There are several other locations in the body with that type of tissue, and mesothelioma can strike there as well: the protective linings around each of the testes are vulnerable, as is the protective sac around the heart.

Like any cancer, mesothelioma is very dangerous. Yet medicine and technology are improving every day, leading to better and better treatments for cancer. There is hope for everyone with mesothelioma: even if there is no cure, millions of dollars have gone into research for treatment options. In addition, many people diagnosed with mesothelioma are eligible for financial assistance with the challenges posed by cancer.

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