March 8, 2017 | dev In the United States, malignant mesothelioma is a cancer almost exclusively caused by asbestos exposure.The mesothelium, the protective linings covering most internal organs of the body, develops malignant cells, resulting in mesothelioma. The types of mesothelioma are often divided by the particular linings most frequently affected. Types of mesothelioma The four types of mesothelioma are: Pericardial mesothelioma: In Massachusetts, mesothelioma that attacks the lining surrounding the heart is the least prevalent. Peritoneal mesothelioma: In Massachusetts, cancer affecting the peritoneum, or linings of the abdominal cavity, is second-most prevalent. Pleural mesothelioma: In Massachusetts, the most common type is pleural mesothelioma, is where the outer lining of the lungs and internal chest wall are attacked by the disease. Testicular mesothelioma: The rarest type of mesothelioma occurs in the testicular vaginus lining of the testicule. Methods of exposure There are many ways one can become exposed to asbestos particles, but the most common way is by working around asbestos. Employees of shipyards, heating and construction companies and those working in asbestos mines and mills are the populations most greatly affected. Unfortunately, family members of these workers are also at high risk of contracting the disease, usually through their exposure to asbestos-tainted clothing or hair of the working family member. We can help victims of mesothelioma in Massachusetts Our history of representation for victims of mesothelioma in Boston, Massachusetts, and the surrounding area is unsurpassed. As Boston, Massachusetts’ leading mesothelioma law firm, rest assured that Thornton Law Firm will handle your mesothelioma claim with attention and respect. Give us the opportunity to serve your best legal interests Call 1-888-632-0108 or contact us here to speak for free with a Thornton Law Firm attorney specializing in mesothelioma and asbestos litigation. We look forward to answering any questions you may have after this visit to our website. We are here to help.