Causes of Mesothelioma

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Mesothelioma is a rare and deadly form of cancer. While no cure has been found to date, understanding what causes mesothelioma and how to avoid exposure can help prevent the disease.

Asbestos: The Primary Cause of Mesothelioma

The primary cause of mesothelioma is asbestos exposure. When asbestos becomes worn or damaged, microscopic asbestos fibers may be released into the air and ultimately swallowed or inhaled. Asbestos fibers then become embedded in the body’s tissues, where they inflame the surrounding area. This causes hardened, scar-like tissue to form and leads to the development of diseases like mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer.

Most of the asbestos exposure that causes mesothelioma occurs in occupations like manufacturing, firefighting, and construction. But family members who are exposed to asbestos fibers carried home on a worker’s clothing or hair are also at risk. Such second-hand asbestos exposure is also a cause of mesothelioma.

Additional Mesothelioma Causes and Risk Factors

Asbestos is resistant to fire and heat and is quite strong. Such traits made asbestos a popular material in many industrial processes. Industries where there is a risk of asbestos exposure that could cause mesothelioma include: aluminum plants; chemical plants; oil refineries; power plants; shipyards; steel mills; and construction sites.

Indeed, potential causes of mesothelioma are all around us in office buildings, schools, and even in household items that were made with asbestos-containing materials.

While we know what causes mesothelioma, there are no known treatments today that result in disappearance of the cancer. But whatever the cause, mesothelioma is preventable in most cases. If you have been exposed to asbestos that caused mesothelioma, you can hold the companies responsible for your exposure accountable for their actions. To file a mesothelioma claim, call Sokolove Law today at 1-888-360-4215.