Mesothelioma is a a cancer affecting the mesothelial cells which cover most internal organs and is caused solely from exposure to asbestos.  There are two main types of mesothelioma; pleural and peritoneal.

Pleural Mesothelioma

This is a type of cancer that starts in the membrane that covers the lungs. Although it develops in the chest and involves the lining of the lungs, it is not a lung cancer.

Peritoneal Mesothelioma

The other main type is peritoneal mesothelioma, accounting for about 10% of cases. It develops in the lining of the abdomen.

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