Malignant Mesothelioma

This is a tumour of the pleura (lining of the chest wall) and is the most serious complication of asbestos exposure. The tumour develops many years after the first exposure, with many cases developing as much as forty or fifty years later.

The symptoms are severe breathlessness that occurs over a relatively short period of time and is usually associated with some chest pain or discomfort.

It is difficult to diagnose on examination and requires surgical procedures to confirm a diagnosis.