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Is Mesothelioma a Form of Lung Cancer?

Mesothelioma vs. Lung Cancer

Although malignant mesothelioma is considered cancerous, it’s not categorized as lung cancer. Read on to learn the differences and similarities between the two respiratory health issues.

The Development of Mesothelioma is Different Than Lung Cancer

The development of mesothelioma and lung cancer are very different. Mesothelioma is a respiratory illness that is specifically related to asbestos exposure. According to the American Cancer Society, roughly 8 out of 10 people with mesothelioma have been exposed to asbestos. Some people exposed to asbestos can also develop lung cancer; however, the top risk factor for lung cancer is smoking and using tobacco products.

The latency periods are also very different:

  • Lung Cancer: depending on the type of lung cancer, it can take up to 8 years to develop.
  • Mesothelioma: can take between 20 and 50 years to develop.

Related Article: How Long Does Mesothelioma Take to Develop?

The Similarities in Symptoms

Mesothelioma and lung cancer may display similar symptoms such as shortness of breath and chest pain. More specifically, mesothelioma is more likely to show the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Weakness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Malaise
  • Unusual sweating or night sweats
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Blood clots

While the above are general symptoms of mesothelioma, there are four types:

  • Pleural mesothelioma (the most common type)
  • Peritoneal mesothelioma
  • Pericardial mesothelioma
  • Mesothelioma of the tunica vaginalis

You can learn more about the types of mesothelioma and their related symptoms here.

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