Mesothelioma Lung Cancer

The term "Mesothelioma lung cancer" is a bit of a misnomer. Mesothelioma is a malignancy of the serous membrane which lines several organs in the body. Most often, malignant mesothelioma arises in the pleura, which is the membrane lining the lungs. As a result, mesothelioma is often erroneously referred to as a lung cancer. Mesothelioma, however, does not specifically arise out of the tissues of the lung; references to "mesothelioma lung cancer" most likely are in reference to pleural mesothelioma.

Like mesothelioma, however, lung cancer may be caused by asbestos. Adenocarcinoma, for instance is a non small cell lung cancer (NSCL) that has been linked to asbestos exposure. Asbestos-related lung cancer is estimated to account for 3,400 to 8,500 new lung cancer cases in the United States each year. Non small cell lung cancer also encompases:

  • Adenocarcinoma
  • Adenosquamous cell carcinoma
  • Large cell carcinoma
  • Squamous cell carcinoma
  • Undifferentiated carcinoma

Learn more about mesothelioma and lung cancer. You may also wish to contact an asbestos attorney, for either diagnosis.