Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a form of cancer triggered by exposure to asbestos. It develops in the organ lining, most commonly in that of the lungs. Mesothelioma most often develops in people who have inhaled asbestos dust while working in environments such as asbestos mines, working with asbestos insulation, asbestos cement or friction materials such as brakes and clutches. Current laws have reduced the use of asbestos in insulation, automotive brakes and clutches.

Mesothelioma may not develop until 20 to 50 years after exposure. First symptoms include problems breathing, coughing or chest pains due to the buildup of fluid.

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