The Human Body


Mesothelioma – rare cancer

Mesothelioma is a very rare form of cancer. With this, cancerous cells are found in the body’s mesothelium, which is a protective type sac that covers the majority of the internal organs. Sadly, most people that develop mesothelioma have worked in jobs where asbestos has been inhaled. With this disease, cells of the mesothelium change, becoming abnormal. Then, these cells divide without any kind of control. Because of this, the diseased cells invade and damage organs and tissues.

Mesothelioma is a metastatic cancer, meaning it can spread to other areas of the body from where it began. The number of cases in the past 20 years have increased, although it’s still considered rare. On average, 2,000 new diagnoses are made each year. Patients are more often men than women, although risks go up for both genders as they age.
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