Mesothelioma is a form of asbestos cancer that is linked with long term and high level exposure to asbestos, and it has a latency period of several decades, which means that the symptoms of the disease may not manifest for twenty to thirty years following the exposure.

However, according to a recent report a team of specialist pathologists have released a set of guidelines with regards to the diagnosis of malignant mesothelioma, which is a disease that has always been notoriously difficult to diagnose.

A team of sixteen specialist pathologists from the International Mesothelioma Interest Group is aiming to provide guidelines with regards to the diagnosis of mesothelioma to medical professionals and doctors who are not experienced in the area of this form of cancer.

It is hoped that the guidelines, once they have been introduced to medical professionals, will help doctors to more easily diagnose this asbestos related cancer and to help them to better identify it from other forms of cancer.

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