Mesothelioma is a form of cancer. Its name comes from the affected cells, called mesothelial cells in which cover the outer surface of most of the body's internal organs. While Mesothelioma is uncommon, it is more often found in persons who have inhaled asbestos particles.
Most typically, Mesothelioma is found in the lungs and abdomen.
Treatment for Mesothelioma depends on the age and health of the patient, and the location and stage of the disease. Normally treatment is by one or more of the following: surgery, radiation, and/or chemotherapy.
There is a very rare form of benign Mesothelioma that can develop in either men or women. Again, such cases are rare.
Diagnosing Mesothelioma can be difficult, because the symptoms are similar to those of many other ailments. Ultimately a biopsy is needed to confirm the existence of Mesothelioma.
About 2,000 people each year are diagnosed with Mesothelioma in the United States. About the same number are diagnosed each year in the U.K.