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What causes mesothelioma?

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Mesothelioma is cancer of the mesothelium, a protective membrane that lines many of the body's internal organs. It’s not common, and it’s often misdiagnosed at first. Exposure to asbestos is the top reason why you may get this cancer.

SOURCES:

Brigham and Women's Hospital International Mesothelioma Program: "Mesothelioma."

American Cancer Society: "Detailed Guide: Malignant Mesothelioma: How Is Malignant Mesothelioma Diagnosed?"

National Cancer Institute: "Malignant Mesothelioma Treatment."

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on May 15, 2019

SOURCES:

Brigham and Women's Hospital International Mesothelioma Program: "Mesothelioma."

American Cancer Society: "Detailed Guide: Malignant Mesothelioma: How Is Malignant Mesothelioma Diagnosed?"

National Cancer Institute: "Malignant Mesothelioma Treatment."

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on May 15, 2019

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