Peritoneal mesothelioma, also referred to as abdominal mesothelioma, is a deadly cancer found in the tissue that lines the abdomen and surrounds the abdominal organs. It accounts for anywhere from 20 to 33 percent of mesothelioma cases, according to research published in the Medscape General Medicine journal, making it the second-most common type of mesothelioma behind pleural mesothelioma. Unfortunately, there is no cure for peritoneal mesothelioma, but treatment options are available to reduce patients’ pain and possibly extend their lives.
What is the main cause of peritoneal mesothelioma?
The only known cause of peritoneal mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration reports that common household and industrial building products contain asbestos, including:
- Pumps, Valves, Boilers and Turbines
- Roofing and siding
- Floor tiles
- Plaster, cement, putty and caulk
- Ceiling tiles spray-on coatings
- Gaskets and Packing
- Lab Equipment
People whose work exposed them to asbestos are most at risk of developing peritoneal mesothelioma. Veterans, construction workers, industrial workers, mechanics and shipbuilders in New York and throughout the United States make up the majority of peritoneal mesothelioma cases. It is important to note, though, that asbestos has also been shown to cause mesothelioma in family members of these workers and others with limited exposure because microscopic asbestos fibers can be transferred from clothing or uniforms.
Although asbestos has been definitively identified as the cause of peritoneal and other types of mesothelioma, it is still not completely banned in the United States. In fact, throughout New York City, New York State and the Tri-state area, exposure to asbestos is still a real threat.