Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that often develops as a result of exposure to asbestos. The main risk factor of pleural mesothelioma is asbestos exposure, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only cause. It may be caused by genetic factors or others, but the likelihood is that if a patient has it, they’ve been exposed to asbestos in the workplace, at school or in another environment.
Asbestos fibers bury into the lungs and other linings of the body, eventually leading to serious damage. The lungs are scarred, which can lead to lung cancer, mesothelioma or asbestosis. It’s also possible to suffer from peritoneal mesothelioma, which is mesothelioma that develops in the abdomen. This is a result of coughing fibers out of the lungs and then swallowing them.
Who could develop mesothelioma?
Almost anyone can develop mesothelioma. Asbestos used to be found in the fibers of insulation in older homes, and it could be found in commercial buildings, schools and other structures as a result. That means that literally anyone who goes into an older building could still be exposed to asbestos if the old insulation wasn’t removed.
Mesothelioma takes time to develop, and it may be several decades before you develop symptoms. If you believe that you’ve been exposed to asbestos or have symptoms of mesothelioma, see a doctor right away. You have a right to pursue the best medical treatment and compensation that helps cover the costs associated with those treatments. No one should have to suffer from this condition without the financial support that they need as they receive treatment.