Causes of Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma is often caused by inhalation of asbestos fibers or dust. Most asbestos particles are coughed out, but some can attach to the membranes of lungs and other internal organs, eventually causing cancerous cells to rapidly produce in the mesothelial membrane that lines most of our organs.
Symptoms of the cancer often do not occur until the illness is very advanced. Timely expert diagnosis is vital. Many of the symptoms can be mistaken for other conditions, so if you have had asbestos exposure in the past, it is important to seek expert medical attention from a doctor who has experience diagnosing and treating mesothelioma patients successfully.
At Goldenberg Heller & Antognoli, P.C., we regularly work with doctors across the country who are experts in this area. Our attorneys have more than 25 years of experience representing victims nationwide from our Edwardsville, Illinois, office in Madison County.
Major Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma Risk Factors
Working with asbestos is the greatest risk factor, and it is an indisputable cause of mesothelioma. Tobacco smokers who have been exposed to asbestos also have a greater risk for lung cancer and mesothelioma than do nonsmokers who have been exposed.
Asbestos products have been a part of United States industrial and commercial enterprises since the late 19th century, but their production and use greatly increased during World War II.
Millions of workers, military personnel, teachers and school children have been exposed to asbestos and continue to be exposed today even though large-scale asbestos removal efforts have been in place for several decades.
Asbestos exposure may result from:
- Mining or milling materials
- Fireproofing the superstructures of buildings or ships
- Maintaining railroad or automotive brakes
- Insulating pipes and ductwork
- Release of materials into the air or water by demolition of structures
- Being near a road paved with crushed serpentine stone
- Living near an asbestos mine
- Handling the work clothes of asbestos miners or millers
- Working in a building insulated with asbestos
See our list of high-risk occupations.
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