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About mesothelioma

The mesothelium is a thin lining (membrane) that covers the outer surface of many of our organs. Cancer that starts in this lining is called mesothelioma or malignant mesothelioma.

This lining has different names depending on where it is in the body. In the chest it is called the pleura. In the abdomen is called the peritoneum.

Mesothelioma in the chest is called pleural mesothelioma. Mesothelioma in the abdomen is called peritoneal mesothelioma

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