Possible Causes of MesotheliomaSeptember 10, 2019
Every year, about 3,200 people in the U.S. are newly diagnosed with mesothelioma.1 A new diagnosis may answer some questions, like why people are experiencing certain symptoms. It usually also raises lots of other questions, especially one surrounding the causes of mesothelioma.
Asbestos Exposure Is the Primary Cause of Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma is almost always caused by asbestos exposure. When asbestos fibers are inhaled, they irritate and damage the lining of the lungs, abdomen, and/or heart. Over time, this damage can cause malignant cells to develop into mesothelioma. About 80 percent of all mesothelioma cases affect the lungs, rather than the abdomen or heart.
The most asbestos exposure someone endures, the greater their risk of developing mesothelioma will be. Additional factors that can increase the risk of developing mesothelioma (in combination with asbestos exposure) include exposure to:
- Certain viruses
- Some toxins.
Studies indicate that, while smoking can cause lung cancer and other health risks, it does not seem to be a risk factor for mesothelioma specifically. However, it’s strongly recommended that anyone who has been exposed to asbestos not smoke to reduce the risk of health complications.2
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How & Where Asbestos Exposure Occurs
Asbestos exposure can occur anywhere people come into contact with products, materials, or equipment that contains asbestos. For many people, this often occurs at:
- Work: Those who are most likely to face risks of on-the-job asbestos exposure include (and aren’t limited to):
- Construction and demolition workers
- Remediation and abatement workers
- Shipbuilders and shipyard workers
- Power plant workers
- Military veterans.
- Home: Older homes that were constructed before 1987 and haven’t been abated or renovated may contain asbestos in parts of their structure. In particular, asbestos may be in:
- Flat sheeting used in walls and ceilings
- Flooring materials and coverings
- Pipes and drainage systems
- Roof shingles and materials.
Beyond these exposure risks, there can also be a risk of asbestos exposure when using certain personal products – like baby powder or hygiene products that may contain asbestos.
No matter how you or a loved one developed mesothelioma, the best things you can do after you are diagnosed with this condition are to:
- Follow through with all prescribed medical treatment for the best possible prognosis
- Consult with a mesothelioma lawyer at the Amaro Law Firm to discover more about your options for financial recovery.
While we know that money cannot reverse a mesothelioma diagnosis, we also know how the compensation from these claims can help people heal and restore their lives.
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