Pericardial mesothelioma is a deadly cancer that attacks the tissue lining the heart, which is known as the pericardium. This type of mesothelioma is very rare, accounting for less than 1 percent of malignant mesothelioma cases, according to research published in the International Journal of Cancer Research and Treatment. The more common types of this cancer are pleural mesothelioma, found in the chest cavity and the lining of the lung, and peritoneal mesothelioma, found in the abdominal cavity.
What is the main cause of pericardial mesothelioma?
The only known Cause of Pericardial Mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral that has been used in common household and industrial building products for decades.
Although asbestos has been clearly identified as the only known cause of pericardial and other types of mesothelioma, it is still not completely banned in the United States. Unfortunately, exposure to asbestos is still a real threat in New York City, New York State and throughout the Tri-state area.
Many people work in occupations that frequently expose them to asbestos. Construction workers, electricians, industrial workers, mechanics, shipbuilders and veterans in New York and throughout the United States are more often exposed to asbestos, therefore making them most at risk for developing asbestos-related diseases such as pericardial mesothelioma. However, asbestos has also been shown to cause mesothelioma in people with limited exposure, including family members of those working with asbestos who bring home microscopic fibers on their clothing or uniforms. It is important to know that there is no safe level of asbestos exposure.