Asbestos-related pleural mesothelioma accounts for 75 percent of all mesotheliomas
Mesothelioma of the pleural cavity.
July 12, 2010 – There are several types of mesothelioma, each named according to the cancer's point of origin. Occupational asbestos exposure is the most frequent cause of each.
The cancer usually develops in the pleural cavity lining of the lungs, and is known the world over as pleural mesothelioma, the signature asbestos-related cancer.
Mesothelioma usually develops in the pleural lining of the lungs, making pleural mesothelioma the most common type.
Mesothelioma can also develop in the lining of the abdomen (or peritoneum), which is known as peritoneal mesothelioma. Very rarely, pericardial mesothelioma develops in the lining of the heart.
Mesothelioma of the pleural cavity
Mesothelioma has a very long latency period, so that symptoms generally do not appear for decades; sometimes up to 40 years or more after the initial work-site exposure.
Precisely because of this long dormancy period, and despite recently enacted regulations governing the use and handling of asbestos materials, the number of mesothelioma cases are expected to peak in the United States this year, says the Centers for Disease Control.
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