Mesothelioma UK has been specifically set up to offer advice and support for people living with Mesothelioma cancer in the UK. Our aim is to provide visitors with as much information as possible about every aspect of this disease from recognising the symptoms through to diagnosis, treatment and, where appropriate, making a mesothelioma compensation claim.
What is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that affects the body's mesothelial cells. Mesothelial cells cover the outer surface of our internal organs and form a lining called the mesothelium which is where this type of cancer gets its name. Mesothelioma is most commonly found in the tissues that cover the lungs but can also develop in the abdomen.
Mesothelioma in the chest - Pleural Mesothelioma
Around 70% of mesotheliomas are found in the chest between the pleural membranes – the fibrous tissues that covers the lungs. These tissues not only help to protect the lungs, they also produce a lubricating fluid that allows the membranes to slide over each other when the lungs expand and contract as we breathe in and out.
Mesothelioma in the abdomen - Peritoneal Mesothelioma
The peritoneum is the sheet of tissue that covers the organs in the abdomen. Like the pleural membranes above, these tissues help to protect our organs as well as producing a lubricating fluid which enables them to move smoothly past each other as we move. Peritoneal Mesothelioma is considerably less common accounting for just 30% of cases.