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What is Epithelioid Mesothelioma?

Epithelioid mesothelioma (also referred to as epithelial) is one of the cell types of this form of cancer. Over 70% of mesothelioma cases are epitheloid cell types.

Epitheloid mesothelioma, as with all other types of malignant mesothelioma, is caused by exposure to asbestos.

More is know about epitheloid mesothelioma than the other cell types of this cancer, including that it is less likely to spread compared to other types, such as sarcomatoid cells. Because of this factor, the prognosis for epithelioid mesothelioma is better than for patients with other types of the disease.

Epithelioid cells are located in various areas of the body, including the lining of the lungs (the pleura). In cases of epithelioid mesothelioma, the epitheliod cells are exposed to asbestos fibers and begin to mutate and eventually develop into cancer.

As is the case with all types of mesothelioma cases, there are often delays and challenges in diagnosing the disease. The diagnostic process is often long and contains many steps, as other possible conditions are ruled out. Therefore, it is critical you inform your healthcare professional of any exposure to asbestos you may have had in your lifetime so that your doctor has all of the necessary information to begin the diagnostic process.

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