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A 38-year-old member asked:

What causes peritoneal mesothelioma?

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Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgical Oncology 65 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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A 44-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me what peritoneal mesothelioma is caused by?

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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine 53 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 30-year-old male asked:

What is the cause of mesothelioma?

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Dr. Antoanella Calame
Pathology 20 years experience
Mesothelioma: Cancer typically begins when a series of genetic mutations occur within a cell, causing the cell to grow and multiply out of control. It isn't clear what causes the initial genetic mutations that lead to mesothelioma. It's likely that cancers form because of an interaction between many factors, such as inherited conditions, your environment, your health conditions and your lifestyle choices.
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Main cause of mesothelioma is irritation caused by asbestos. You can also get lung cancer
Sep 28, 2013

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