Asbestos cancer: pleural mesothelioma
One type of asbestos cancer is mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma manifests into two different types: pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma.
Pleural mesothelioma is the most common type of mesothelioma/asbestos cancer. It develops in the mesothelial cells that make up the membrane that lines the human body cavities and organs called the mesothelium.
When someone developes pleural mesothelioma/ asbestos cancer through asbestos exposure, the cancer develops in the lining of the lungs, called the pleura or pleural membrane.
Like all mesothelioma cancers, pleural mesothelioma is caused by asbestos exposure and develops when the toxic asbestos fibers become trapped in the spaces between the mesothelial cells.
Once trapped in the body, asbestos fibers cause cancerous cells to divide abnormally, resulting in the thickening of the pleural membrane layers and mesothelial cells, causing build-up of fluid (called pleural effusion).
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