Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that occurs in the thin layers of tissue that surround different organs in the body. These layers are known as the mesothelium. The most common type of mesothelioma is of the lungs and chest cavity, but it can also occur in other parts of the mesothelium like around the abdomen, or in the sac that surrounds the heart (the pericardium).

Mesothelioma does not occur as frequently as other types of lung cancer like adenocarcinoma. In the United States, the American Cancer Society predicts about 228,820 cases of lung cancer in the year 2020. In contrast, there are about 3,000 cases of mesothelioma each year in the United States across all types.

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How long does it take for Mesothelioma to surface?

Mesothelioma does not usually surface for 10 to 50 years when it beings to present symptoms. That fact alone makes it challenging to identify the cause and makes early detection nearly impossible. Many diagnoses of mesothelioma have been linked to the patient’s workplace.

There is also second-hand exposure to asbestos. This can be lethal to family members regularly coming in contact with materials or clothing that have accumulated asbestos fibers. 


Asbestos has also been found in many household products like paint and planting soils. However, it has recently been discovered at an alarming rate in talcum powder. A new study recently conducted shows that it can cause the rare cancer. Talcum powder has been linked to causing not only mesothelioma but also ovarian cancer.

Pleural Mesothelioma Cancer

Types of Mesothelioma

The three most common types of Mesothelioma are Pleural, Pericardial, and Peritoneal. Mesothelioma is a cancer of the cells of the mesothelium. The mesothelium is a thin, double layer of tissue lining the
chest cavity, abdominal cavity, and heart.

Pleural Mesothelioma

pleural mesothelioma

Nearly 80% of diagnosed cases of mesothelioma are pleural.

There are about 2,500 new diagonsis of pleaural mesothelioma every year.

Asbestos exposure and inhaled asbestos fibers is the most common cause.

Symptoms include shortness of breath, chest pains, dry coughing, unexplained weight loss, fatigue, and fever.


pericardial mesothelioma

Pericardial mesothelioma accounts for just one percent of all diagnosed cases.

The primary tumor grows in the part of the mesothelium that is around the heart, the pericardium.

Because of how close the tumors are to the heart, pericardial mesothelioma is the most difficult to treat.

Symptoms include chest pains, difficulty breathing, heart palpitations, fatigue, and coughing.


peritoneal mesothelioma

Peritoneal mesothelioma is the second most common form of mesothelioma

Only about 500 cases are diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma annually.

Peritoneal mesothelioma embeds itself in the lining surrounding the abdomen. Asbestos again is the leading cause of peritoneal mesothelioma

Symptoms can be confused for more common illnesses, like irritable bowel syndrome or inflammatory bowel diseases.

What are my options

To Pay For Mesothelioma Treatment?

The cost of mesothelioma, like all cancers, can be very high. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Mesothelioma. We can help you connect with valuabel resources which may help lessen the burden of cost. You may have both financial and legal actions you can take to get compensation.

If your health insurance coverage is limited, consider some other options:

  • Benefits for veterans
  • Disability or workers’ compensation insurance
  • Legal action against manufacturers of asbestos products
  • Various claims and trust funds setup by some asbestos companies
  • Assistance from non-profit groups and charities
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