What is Mesothelioma?
The National Cancer Institute states—
Malignant mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer, is a disease in which cancer (malignant) cells are found in the sac lining the chest (the pleura), the lining of the abdominal cavity (the peritoneum) or the lining around the heart (the pericardium).

Mesothelioma fact sheet from the American Lung Association—

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What Are The Risks of Getting Mesothelioma?
Risks are significant to those living near asbestos plants spouses and family members who come into contact with those who were directly exposed to asbestos at work or even to asbestos waste materials that were improperly disposed of.

The risks of contraction of mesothelioma among the general population are relatively low.
The Environmental Working Group estimates that there will be 2,000-3,000 new cases this year in the U.S. Unlike other asbestos-related lung diseases, the risk factor for this disease increases with excess exposures to asbestos, even for short periods of time and even in environmental non-workplace exposure settings.

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Questions for your Doctor—
The prognosis for mesothelioma is serious. Discuss this with your doctor.
Mesothelioma is most often seen in people past middle age. It strikes women as well as men and people of all races. Typically it appears 15-20 years after the onset of asbestos exposure and even as much as 50 years later.

Ask your doctor—
In what stage is your disease? Can radiation or chemotherapy help? Has your doctor seen or treated this disease before? Have you given your doctor an accurate picture of your asbestos exposure history or suspected history? Is your doctor aware of the latest available treatment options? Are you a good referral candidate for treatment at any of the research hospitals or programs around the country? Will your doctor help you prepare the necessary paper work for disability eligibility based on your diagnosis? Is your cancer caused in whole or in part by exposure to asbestos?

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