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Mesothelioma: Causes, Diagnosis and its Signs/Symptoms

Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer that affects the cells that make up the middle layer. The middle layer is the lining or membrane that covers and protects the various internal organs of the body. The middle layer is made up of two layers of specialized cells known as epithelial cells. one layer directly surrounding the internal organs; The other forms a protective sac around the thoracic and peritoneal organs. The most common form of mesothelioma affects the pleura, which is the membrane or sac that lines the lungs and chest cavity. Other common sites include the peritoneum, which is the membrane lining the abdominal cavity, and the pericardium, which is the membrane lining the heart (the heart sac). Epithelial tissue is also found in other areas of the body including the membrane that covers the testicles (tunica vaginalis). The disorder often occurs in the elderly. Mesothelioma is often an aggressive type of cancer with a poor prognosis, with the median survival for mesothelioma patients being only about 12-14 months with current treatments. Treatments are available, but they are not effective for everyone.

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