The causes of mesothelioma are among the most common questions asked by victims of the disease. Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that occurs in the lining that covers the internal organs of the body, or what is called the mesothelium. The only known cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos. Exposure to asbestos may result in fibers becoming implanted in the lining of the lungs via inhalation through the mouth or nose.
Due to the long latency period typically associated with the presentation of symptoms of mesothelioma, it is often difficult to trace the exact source of exposure. Asbestos was once widely used in industrial and commercial products in the U.S. and other places across the globe. Workers in a number of industries, including, construction, manufacturing and shipbuilding, were at a high risk of asbestos exposure prior to regulations enacted in the 1980s that enforced safety protections.
The extensive use of asbestos has led to exposure to the toxic mineral by individuals who have worked in high-risk occupations prior to the regulations. Living near an asbestos mine, an improperly performed asbestos abatement project in one’s home, or living with someone who worked with asbestos have been among the reported sources of exposure for those diagnosed.
It is always important to seek the proper medical attention in the event that one shows signs of having any asbestos related health condition. A mesothelioma lawyer can provide victims with legal support for those exposed to asbestos in the workplace, military or elsewhere who have developed mesothelioma.
Below is a list of questions that are important to ask if you or a loved one believe that you have been exposed to asbestos and are concerned about mesothelioma:
• What are the risk factors?
• How can one obtain a diagnosis?
• What is typically the prognosis after a diagnosis?
• Are there statistics available related to children?
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, an attorney may be able to help you assess your legal options.