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Can you tell me what peritoneal mesothelioma is caused by?

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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine 52 years experience
Asbestos: All mesotheliomas, including peritoneal, stem from extended exposure to asbestos, usually at work. People diagnosed with exposure to asbestos dust, fibers or products for a sustained period. This exposure leads to ingestion or inhalation of microscopic asbestos particles, which can produce cancerous cells and then tumors.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

What causes peritoneal mesothelioma?

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Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgical Oncology 64 years experience
Similar to pleura: The primary cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos so that lesions of the pleural cavity are caused by inhalation of asbestos. The abdominal variety is probably caused by the same factor, but thru ingestion of the particles of asbestos in food. In certain instances asbestos has be used as a way to prepare foods such as polishing of rice and then washing the rice of the particles.

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