Malignant Mesothelioma

What causes Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is known only to be caused by asbestos exposure. Asbestos is a natural and extremely toxic mineral that was used commonly in industry. Extremely small asbestos fibers enter the body through the lung or Consumption. Once inside, the resiliant fibers are unable to be broken down or removed by the body natural functions, causing a harmful inflammation and scarring of the mesothelium tissue. This scarring lays the groundwork for malignant mesothelioma and other respiratory  lung conditions, such as asbestosis.

There is a long delay between the asbestos exposure and the onset of mesothelioma. Often people will not encounter mesothelioma symptoms until 30-50 years following initial exposure to asbestos. Often times, those diagnosed with mesothelioma are not those who were directly exposed to asbestos in a job site setting. Spouses and children of those exposed to asbestos tend to frequently come into contact with the clothing of the host and have also developed mesothelioma as a result of this minimal contact.