Most people who develop mesothelioma were exposed to toxic asbestos while on the job. In order to pay for the cost of treatment and other damages, patients and families file lawsuits against manufacturers.
How Does Asbestos Cause Mesothelioma?
The pervasive use of asbestos in commercial, industrial and household settings in the 20th century has, to some degree, exposed nearly every person in the world to the airborne carcinogen. While the overall risk of asbestos exposure is usually minimal, heavy and repeated exposure once typical in occupational settings is far more dangerous.
When a person inhales asbestos, microscopic fibers can travel to the ends of small airways and become lodged in the lining of the lungs. Over time, this can cause scarring and genetic changes that lead to pleural mesothelioma. If the fibers are coughed up and swallowed, or ingested with contaminated drinking water, the fibers can penetrate the lining of the abdomen and cause peritoneal mesothelioma.