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Mesothelioma is an uncommon form of cancer, usually associated with previous exposure to asbestos.

In this disease, malignant (cancerous) cells develop in the mesothelium, a protective lining that covers most of the body's internal organs.

Most people who develop mesothelioma have worked on jobs where they inhaled asbestos particles, or have been exposed to asbestos dust and fibre in other ways, such as by washing the clothes of a family member who worked with asbestos, or by home renovation using asbestos cement products.

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