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11

NCCN Guidelines for Patients

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:

Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma, Version 1.2016

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About mesothelioma

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Facts about

mesothelioma

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About 2,500 people are diagnosed

with mesothelioma each year.

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Malignant pleural mesothelioma

is the most common type of

mesothelioma.

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Asbestos is the primary cause of

mesothelioma.

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Mesothelium is a single layer of cells that

makes fluid and lines most organs inside the

body.

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The pleural mesothelium is part of the tissue

lining around the lungs.

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Malignant pleural mesothelioma is cancer

that starts in the pleural mesothelium.

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Asbestos is a group of minerals made of tiny

fibers that are strong and flexible.

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Asbestos can break into tiny pieces that may

be breathed in or swallowed.

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Asbestos is the most common cause of

mesothelioma, though some patients with

mesothelioma have had no clear exposure.