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Mesothelioma refers to a type of cancer that begins in the pleural lining around the lungs and chest but not in the lungs. Although, both mesothelioma and lung cancer can develop after exposure to asbestos, each occurs in different areas of the body.

Mesothelioma usually develops in the lining of the lung, however, lung cancer develops in the lung itself. Mesothelioma can also develop in the lining of the abdomen, heart or testes.

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