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Lung cancer. Coloured computed tomography (CT) scan of an axial section through the chest of a patient with a mesothelioma cancer (light red). It is surrounding and constricting the lung at right (pink). The other lung (dark blue) has a healthy pleura (dark red). The spine (lower centre, light blue), the descending aorta (green) and the heart (dark green, between lungs) are also seen. Mesothelioma is a malignant cancer of the pleura, the membrane lining the chest cavity and lungs. It is usually caused by asbestos exposure. It often reaches a large size, as here, before diagnosis, and the prognosis is then poor.
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