Mesothilioma, Mesophilioma: Did you mean Mesothelioma (asbestos-related cancer)?

One of the frustrating things about searching online is that search engines can be unforgiving about spelling: accidentally type "mesothilioma" and you might not find resources on the asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma (note the "e" instead of an "i" after the "h"). And it's not hard to see how a term like mesothelioma could be misspelled.

Mesothelioma (pronounced "mez-ah-thee-lee-oh-ma"), also known as "asbestos cancer," is a rare form of cancer found in the lining of the chest, lungs, or abdomen. The name mesothelioma arises from the name of this lining, the mesothelium, and oma meaning tumor. Tumors of the mesothelium may be benign (non cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). Because tumors of the mesothelium are rarely benign, malignant mesothelioma is usually referred to as simply the shortened "mesothelioma" or, in casual terms, simply "meso." [read more about malignant mesothelioma]

Peritoneal mesothilioma: did you mean peritoneal mesothelioma?

So "peritoneal mesothilioma" is actually "peritoneal mesothelioma" and likewise "pleural mesothilioma" should be "pleural mesothelioma." Other common misspellings include mesothlioma, misothelioma, mesothileoma, mesotholoma, msothelioma, misothilioma, mesotelioma, mesotheleoma, mesothlelioma, mesophilioma, mesosilioma, and mesothlilioma. Shortened "nicknames" include meso and meseo. Learn more about peritoneal mesothelioma or pleural mesothelioma.

Concerned about Mesothelioma?

Malignant mesothelioma in both it's pleural and peritoneal forms is caused by exposure to asbestos. Being exposed to asbestos it does not automatically mean you will get an asbestos-caused disease; similar to cigarette smoking, it simple increases your chances. Notify your physician, if you have not done so already, and have regular check-ups. Check our Malignant Mesothelioma section to learn more about the symptoms of asbestosis, mesothelioma and related diseases. If you suspect you are suffering from an asbestos-related disease, contact your physician immediately.

If you have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, you should learn about available treatments, seek out specialists in treating your asbestos-related disease, and make sure your legal rights are being protected. Despite the seriousness of this diagnosis, there is hope. Finding the right support team is the first step in fighting mesothelioma (and there are online support groups available as well). You may want to contact a legal expert to understand what compensation you might be entitled to for your illness.

Why is Mesothilioma (Mesothelioma) Sometimes Referred to as Asbestos Cancer?

Virtually all cases of malignant mesothelioma are attributable to asbestos exposure, which is why mesothelioma is often referred to as "asbestos cancer."