No. Mesothelioma is not lung cancer but a type of cancer that arises in the pleural tissue, a layer of tissue that covers the lungs, the inside of the chest cavity and diaphragm. Some people often confuse mesothelioma with lung cancer because both share similar symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain, etc.
Mesothelioma is the cancer of the mesothelium membrane composed of mesodermal simple squamous epithelial cells. The mesothelium membrane forms the inner lining of various body cavities including the pleural cavity around the lungs. Mesothelioma can occur anywhere within the mesothelium, but the pleural cavity is the most affected. It can be benign or malignant.
The malignant mesothelioma is a rare toxic growth of mesothelial cells and the condition is mostly associated with asbestos exposure.
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