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.