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Definition - What does Mesothelioma mean?

Mesothelioma is a cancer that forms in the lining that protects the internal organs of the body. Mesothelioma is most commonly caused by the exposure to the carcinogen asbestos. It often starts in the lining of the lungs and chest wall before making its way to the heart. Symptoms of this form of cancer are often shortness of breath and dramatic weight loss. Even with chemotherapy and other treatments, mesothelioma is often results in a terminal prognosis.

Safeopedia explains Mesothelioma

The majority of those who contract this form of cancer have worked in industries where asbestos fibers are found, such as miners and more recently, those in the building profession. Family members of these ones may also have been known to contract this disease as the dust and fibers linger on the skin and clothes of individuals that have come into contact with asbestos. Any who are working in environments where asbestos contact is possible, must ensure that they wear the appropriate personal protective equipment to minimize and avoid any possible asbestos contact.

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