Are mesothelioma and asbestos the same thing?

Asbestos exposure. Long term exposure to asbestos will cause chronic lung disease and may trigger the growth of a tumor in the chest called mesothelioma.
No. Mesothelioma is a tumor of the mesothelium which a thin layer covering the inner surface of the chest and abdomen. Asbestos is a silicate previously used in various products such as insulation and brake lining. Asbestos exposure is a known risk factor for mesothelioma.