Mesothelium cancer caused by asbestos exposure

The number one cause of mesothelium cancer is asbestos exposure. A history of exposure to asbestos is present in virtually all patients who have been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma.

Materials and products that contain asbestos—such as roofing, brake lining, clutch pads, cement, flooring, insulation, wall siding, wiring, and more—can become friable when compromised. When asbestos is friable (or able to be crushed), tiny invisible particles of asbestos can be released into the air.

Airborne asbestos can be either inhaled or ingested. Years or even decades later these inhaled or ingested fibers can cause mesothelioma cancer in the lining of the heart, lungs, or abdomen; also known as mesothelium cancer. Additionally, asbestos exposure can lead to asbestosis and cancers of the lungs, larynx, mesothelium, and kidneys.

While mesothelium can be affected by short-term exposure to asbestos, a majority of mesothelioma cancers are caused by long term or acute exposure to asbestos in the workplace. Less commonly, asbestos exposure in the home or other environments can cause mesothelium cancer.

Other causes of mesothelium cancer

While an overwhelming number of mesothelium cancer cases are directly linked to asbestos exposure, this cancer has been associated with irradiation, intrepleural thorium dioxide, and inhalation of other silicate fibers. These causes are much more rare than asbestos exposure.

If you or a loved one has developed mesothelium cancer because of asbestos exposure, you may have the legal right to seek compensation for your losses and suffering. Speak to a qualified asbestos attorney who can evaluate your case and determine the best way to help you.