How Does Asbestos Cause Mesothelioma?
We are all aware of the fact that exposure to asbestos has been directly
linked to a higher risk of
lung cancer, specifically
mesothelioma. But how exactly does
asbestos cause mesothelioma? That is something that researchers are still trying
to figure out.
The Nature of Asbestos
Asbestos is a naturally-existing mineral that exists as a bundle of thin,
durable fibers. When asbestos is disturbed, these fibers can be released
into the air and breathed into the lungs by people in the area. These
fibers can then lodge in the membranes lining the throat, air passages,
and lungs of the person. When asbestos fibers lodge in the lining of the
lungs, it can cause irritation and increase the person's risk of developing
a tumor in their lungs.
The Link Between Asbestos & Lung Cancer
As far as researchers can tell, asbestos fibers do no more than cause irritation,
which then causes the release of mutagens and factors that promote tumor
growth. There essentially are no studies proving that asbestos causes
mesothelioma directly. Rather, asbestos causes a chain reaction of events
that leads to a higher risk of developing a tumor in the lungs.
Contact a West Virginia Mesothelioma Lawyer
Have you been exposed to asbestos in the workplace or because of another
party's negligence? Maybe your building was constructed using asbestos
and that information was illegally kept from you. Perhaps you work for
a contractor and were never told that the building you were working on
contained asbestos. Whatever the case may be, you deserve compensation
for your exposure, especially if you are suffering from lung problems
or cancer as a result.
Hartley Law Group, PLLC
today at (888) 510-6547 if you are in need of a West Virginia
personal injury attorney.