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Mesothelioma is cancer of the pleura, or the inner lining of the chest, but it can also occur in the lining of the abdominal cavity. It typically occurs in men more than women as a result of different rates of occupational exposure to asbestos. As the tumor grows it encases the lung and can produce fluid that compromises the function of the lung. Mesothelioma is directly related to exposure to asbestos, a mineral that has heat-resistant and insulating properties.