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The most common type of mesothelioma occurs in the lining of the lungs. This type of cancer is called pleural mesothelioma, and it is caused by prolonged exposure to asbestos. Over time, enough asbestos fibers get trapped in the lining of the lungs to create a tumor, which is often cancerous.
Once enough asbestos fibers are inhaled to form a tumor around the lungs, patients will typically begin to experience a shortness of breath, a feeling of pressure, and often severe coughing. When these symptoms are examined, doctors often mistake them for a severe flu or buildup of fluid in the lungs from another source. Accordingly, any potential history of contact with asbestos should be disclosed to your doctor, ensuring a swift and accurate diagnosis.
As with other forms of mesothelioma, people who worked in occupations involving significant contact with asbestos who are now between the ages of 50 and 70 years are at the highest risk. Males are four times as likely to develop this form of cancer as females.
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