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Benign Mesothelioma

Benign Mesothelioma is not cancerous. According to the Canadian Cancer Society, “Benign mesothelioma is a growth of the mesothelium that does not spread (metastasize) to other parts of the body. Benign mesothelioma tumours are not usually life-threatening. They are typically removed with surgery and do not usually come back (recur).” MesotheliomaGuide.com says that the cause of benign mesothelioma is unknown although, it is not caused by asbestos exposure.

Benign mesothelioma tumors are usually found by accident when patients are given scans for other reasons. These tumors are also very rare. Most benign mesothelioma tumors can be surgically removed with no follow up treatments.

Malignant Mesothelioma

According to the American Cancer Society, “Malignant mesothelioma is a cancer that starts in cells in the linings of certain parts of the body, especially the chest or abdomen.”

Mayo Clinic says mesothelioma is a type of cancer that occurs in the thin layer of tissue that covers the majority of your internal organs, called the mesothelium.

Healthy mesothelium helps protect our organs by making a lubricating fluid that allows organs to slide against each other. For instance, this fluid makes it easier for your lungs to move inside your chest when you breathe.

Asbestos exposure is the leading known cause of the disease.



Symptoms

Symptoms of mesothelioma vary depending on where the cancer occurs in the body. Because the mesothelium surrounds many organs, the cancer can occur in any of the various body parts.

Pleural mesothelioma affects the tissue that surrounds the lungs. Symptoms include: chest pain, painful coughing, shortness of breath, unusual lumps of tissue under the skin of the the chest, unexplained weight loss.

Peritoneal mesothelioma occurs in tissue in the abdomen. Symptoms include: abdominal pain, abdominal swelling, nausea, unexplained weight loss.

Other types of mesothelioma are rare and occur in tissues around the heart, or even the testicles.

When To See Your Doctor

See your doctor whenever you have symptoms that worry you. Symptoms of mesothelioma aren’t specific to the disease only and, due to its rarity, are likely to be related to some other condition. If any unusual and persistent symptoms seem troublesome, ask your doctor to evaluate you. Be sure your doctor knows if you’ve been exposed to asbestos.

CancerSmarter has more info about asbestos exposure here.