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In the UK, mesothelioma is a tumour which is usually caused by asbestos exposure.  The tumour can occur in the lining of the lung (pleural mesothelioma), in the lining of the abdomen (peritoneal mesothelioma), in the membrane of the sack surrounding the heart (the pericardium) or the membrane of the sack covering the testes.

The most common form is pleural mesothelioma.

Symptoms include progressive shortness of breath, coughing, chest pain, excessive sweating, weight loss and lethargy.  Diagnosis is confirmed by biopsy.

On average, mesothelioma presents within 20 to 40 years' of the asbestos exposure.  However, some cases can occur at 10 years after exposure or over 50 years later.

It can develop after exposure to low levels of asbestos.  There is no known minimum "safe dose" but the condition typically affects those who have worked with it.

Compensation and benefits may be claimed.

In suitable cases, compensation may be obtained to fund private treatments and therapies which are not available on the NHS such as immunotherapy.

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