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What causes mesothelioma?


Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that affects the mesothelium, a membrane that surrounds organs such as the heart and digestive system. By far the most common and well-known cause of mesothelioma is asbestos.  When a person inhales or swallows asbestos fibers, they travel through the body and become lodged in the mesothelium, where they damage the cells’ DNA. The cells can begin to ignore their normal genetic programming instructing them to make copies of themselves only when it benefits the body for them to do so.  They begin to multiply uncontrollably.


What causes mesothelioma?


In cases of asbestos exposure, this happens in the mesothelium because that’s where the fibers eventually become lodged. While the damage from the fibers can take 10, 20 or over 50 years to cause cancer, over 80% of mesothelioma cases are caused by asbestos.  The most common avenue of exposure is on the job at a workplace such as construction that involves asbestos, but people who have lived with such a worker or handled their clothes can be the victims of secondhand exposure.


About 20% of cases occur in people who haven’t been exposed to the mineral. This suggests that there are other causes of this form of cancer.  In rare cases it is caused by exposure to radiation, either in medical treatment or through working at a power plant. Other cases are idiopathic; that is, they have no known cause. In these cases there may be some unknown trigger for the disease, but no one can be sure.


What causes mesothelioma?


If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with Mesothelioma or Lung Cancer resulting from asbestos exposure, you have important legal rights and may be entitled to a cash settlement.  Please call us today to get the facts.  Toll Free 1-866-777-2557 or fill our online contact form and a lawyer will get back to you within 24 hours to answer your questions.    Operators are standing by.  We want to help you, so please make the call today.