A GP guide to managing mesothelioma

Australia has one of the highest rates of the disease in the world

Mesothelioma originates from the serous membranes that line body cavities, most commonly the pleura or peritoneum.

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Of these, pleural mesothelioma is by far the most common type, accounting for more than 90% of mesothelioma diagnoses.1

Worldwide, mesothelioma is considered a rare cancer and carries a poor prognosis, with a reported median survival of between nine and 15 months.2

Australia has among the highest incidence in the world of this disease.

Based on 2017 data from the