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.