Malignant mesothelioma is a highly uncommon yet aggressive and often deadly form of cancer that afflicts thousands of people each year. It typically occurs in the linings of the lungs or abdominal cavity, but, more rarely, can occur in the linings of the heart or testicles. More and more diagnoses are being made with each year that passes, and researchers have recently said that a “mesothelioma epidemic” is just over the horizon. There are a few factors that contribute to the development of this devastating cancer. If you or someone you know has become sick they should consider filing their mesothelioma claims soon as possible.
Exposure to carcinogens
The primary cause of mesothelioma cancer is exposure to carcinogens, or a cancer-causing factor or substance. The most common carcinogen to cause mesothelioma cancer is a fibrous mineral once thought to be a multi-purpose miracle material for many manufacturers: asbestos. This fibrous material was used in everything from shipbuilding to plumbing to home construction, and can still be found in buildings built in the mid-20th century all over the world. Although many nations—55 to date—have banned asbestos entirely, more than 100 countries still allow the substance to be used in some capacity within their borders… including the United States and Canada.
Length of exposure is important
Short-term exposure to asbestos is generally not considered bad for your health. However, regular and repeated long-term exposure seems to be key in the development of mesothelioma cancer. People who are diagnosed with mesothelioma often spent years in a line of work that led them to be unknowingly made vulnerable to the dangers of this fibrous carcinogen. Still others lived in homes that contained deadly asbestos, or in towns that contained defunct asbestos factories that had never been properly remediated, allowing the asbestos within to become airborne and sicken anyone who should take a breath when the wind blew.
Genetics also play a role
Several genes are also thought to contribute to mesothelioma development. Some genes seem to act as barriers to the development of this cancer, while others seem to make certain individuals more prone to it. Genetic factors contributing to the development of mesothelioma cancer are a hot topic among modern mesothelioma researchers, with the hope that further study will lead to innovative treatments for this lethal disease. If you have a family member or know someone who thinks they are experiencing similar symptoms they should find Mesothelioma lawyers for a consultation.