This section will help you to find out about information,help and support available for people with mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that affects the mesothelium, which is a thin membrane that lines the inner surface of the chest wall where it is known as the pleura.
In some cases, it can develop in the lining of the abdomen, otherwise known as the peritoneum. This is called peritoneal mesothelioma. It is far more common to have mesothelioma in the chest than in the abdomen, there is approximately 1 case of peritoneal mesothelioma to every 12 cases of pleural mesothelioma in the UK.
Exposure to asbestos accounts for up to nine out of ten cases of mesothelioma.