The cause of mesothelioma is among the most common questions asked by victims of the disease. Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that occurs in the mesothelium, a membrane that forms the lining of several body cavities and internal organs. The only known cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos. Asbestos exposure may result in fibers becoming implanted in the lining of the lungs via inhalation through the mouth or nose.
Due to the long latency period between asbestos exposure and the presentation of symptoms of mesothelioma, it is often difficult to trace the exact source of the exposure. Asbestos was once widely used in industrial and commercial products in the U.S. and across the globe. Workers in a number of industries including, construction, manufacturing and shipbuilding, were at a high risk of asbestos exposure prior to regulations enacted in the 1980s that enforced safety protections.
The extensive use of asbestos has led to exposure to the toxic mineral by individuals who have worked in high-risk occupations prior to the regulations. Living near an asbestos mine, an improperly performed asbestos abatement project in one’s home, or living with someone who worked with asbestos have been among the reported sources of exposure for those diagnosed.
It is always important to seek the proper medical attention in the event that one shows signs of having any asbestos related health condition. A mesothelioma lawyer can provide victims with legal support for those exposed to asbestos in the workplace, military or elsewhere who have developed mesothelioma.
Below is a list of questions that are important to ask if you or a loved one believe that you have been exposed to asbestos and are concerned about mesothelioma:
- What are the mesothelioma risk factors?
- How can one obtain a mesothelioma diagnosis?
- What is typically the prognosis after a mesothelioma diagnosis?
- Are there statistics available related to children and mesothelioma?
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, a mesothelioma attorney may be able to help you assess your legal options.