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Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that affects an area between the lungs and chest called the pleura. Its initial symptoms are like those of many common respiratory conditions. This makes it difficult to find early.
Henry Ford Health System offers some of Michigan’s most advanced tools and specialists in lung and pleural disease (diseases that affect the thin layer of tissue around the lungs), such as mesothelioma. Our goal is to diagnose mesothelioma as early as possible to give you the best chance of successful treatment.
Exposure to asbestos causes most cases of mesothelioma. Asbestos was used for decades in automotive manufacturing, paints, insulation and many other products. People who worked with these products are at higher risk for mesothelioma. Many people worked with asbestos products in Detroit’s automobile manufacturing industry or while serving in the military.
Our doctors use an extensive range of tools and techniques to diagnose mesothelioma. The diagnosis process begins with a complete medical history and examination. Doctors also may order:
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