What is Mesothelioma Cancer?
Mesothelioma cancer is cancer in the mesotholeum. In order to understand how
mesothelioma cancer works it's important to understand the word "mesothelium".
Many of the organs of the body are covered and protected by a thin membrane
called mesothelium and consist of mesothelial cells. This membrane (mesothelium)
is composed of two layers of cells, one which forms a sac around the organ
and the other one surrounds the organ by a layer. This membrane (mesothelium)
produces a lubricating fluid that allows these organs (such as the heart and
lungs) to move smoothly inside the body. The name of this membrane (mesothelium)
has various of names depending on the location of the body. The
is the mesothelium that protects the heart. The
pleural is the membrane that
surrounds the lungs and the peritoneum is mesothelial tissue that surrounds
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