Causes of Mesothelioma
Many cases of mesothelioma cancer across the United States have arisen out of the use of asbestos in the mills, power plants, shipyards and construction sites of the state. Besides workers at these sites, bystanders and family members also have increased risks of asbestos-related diseases.
The only known cause of mesothelioma: Asbestos is made up of easily separated fibers that contribute to their inhalation and ingestion. The shape of these asbestos fibers reacts negatively with human tissue and biological processes. The fibers can become lodged in the tissues of the linings of organs such as the lungs and digestive system when they are inhaled or swallowed. Over a period of many years, the lodged fibers cause inflammation and cellular damage that can eventually lead to a mesothelioma.
Asbestos Can Cause a Variety of Diseases
Asbestos exposure has been known to cause asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. Exposure to asbestos increases the risk of gastrointestinal, colorectal, throat, kidney, esophageal and gallbladder cancer. If you have been exposed to asbestos, you should speak with a doctor to be medically assessed, and then speak to an attorney about the possibility of filing a lawsuit for damages.
Mesothelioma cases nationwide
Mesothelioma is a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos dust. Asbestos fibers work their way through the lungs into the lung — or pleural — cavity. The disease can grow on the lining of the lung, the gut or the cavity in the chest where the heart rests. The sad fact is that sufferers of mesothelioma tend to die within six to 18 months following diagnosis of the insidious disease.
The first symptoms of mesothelioma may not show up for many years. It may take as long as 30 or 40 years after exposure of a victim to asbestos for symptoms to become apparent. By the time, an affected person becomes ill enough to seek medical attention; the disease may have progressed so far that the life expectancy of the sufferer can be measured in months.
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