Mesothelioma - What is it?
Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer.
"Mesothelioma" is the term used to describe a cancerous
tumor which involves the mesothelial cells of an organ, usually
the lungs or abdominal organs.
The most common type of mesothelioma is the pleural mesothelioma.
The pleura is a thin membrane found between the lungs and the
chest cavity. It provides a lubricated surface so that the lungs
do not chafe against the chest walls. Thus, a pleural mesothelioma
is often referred to as a "lung" cancer.
Another form of mesothelioma is the peritoneal mesothelioma.
The peritoneum is the membrane that encloses the organs of the
While peritoneal mesotheliomas are less common than pleural
mesotheliomas, they tend to be more invasive, and thus result
in a shorter life expectancy for the patient.
Mesotheliomas have also been found in the stomach and other
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Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer. Even so, if
diagnosed and removed while it is still thin and limited to
the outermost skin layer, it is almost 100% curable. Once the
cancer advances and metastasizes (spreads) to other parts of
the body, it is hard to treat and can be deadly. During the
past 10 years the number of cases of melanoma has increased
more rapidly than that of any other cancer. Over 51,000 new
cases are reported to the American Cancer Society each year,
and it is probable that a great many more occur and are not
The answer to the question asked by patients, their families,
and other concerned people is that melanoma is the most serious
form of skin cancer. To reach a more complete understanding,
it is necessary to learn how the cells in the body become malignant.