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How is malignant mesothelioma different from asbestosis?

Malignant mesothelioma is a type of cancer that develops when abnormal cells begin to grow in the tissue lining around the organs. Asbestosis is a lung condition that results from scarring in the lung tissue after exposure to asbestos dust. Asbestosis may cause shortness of breath and fluid buildup around the lungs. Asbestosis is not a form of cancer, but it may lead to malignant mesothelioma or lung cancer.

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