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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

malignant mesothelioma  listen  (muh-LIG-nunt MEH-zoh-THEE-lee-OH-muh)

  A rare type of cancer in which malignant cells are found in the lining of the chest or abdomen. Exposure to airborne asbestos particles increases one's risk of developing malignant mesothelioma.

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Malignant mesothelioma; drawing shows parts of the body where malignant mesothelioma may form, including the lungs, heart, pleura, abdominal cavity, and testicles.