Exposure to asbestos is the leading cause of pleural mesothelioma. About 8 out of 10 people with mesothelioma have been exposed to asbestos. When asbestos fibers are inhaled, they travel to the ends of the small airways and reach the pleura, where they can cause inflammation and scarring. Most mesotheliomas are thought to be related to asbestos exposure.
Asbestos is a mineral found naturally in the environment. Asbestos fibers are strong and heat resistant, making them useful in a wide variety of applications, such as insulation, brakes, shingles, flooring and many other products. Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos. When asbestos fibers are inhaled or ingested, they cause scarring and inflammation, which can develop into a mesothelioma tumor.
Research has shown that 80% of all cases of mesothelioma are caused by known exposure to asbestos. There are no other proven causes of mesothelioma. Researchers continue to investigate other possible causes and risk factors, such as exposure to the SV40 virus or minerals that look like asbestos. Mesothelioma was practically unknown until the 20th century.
Mesothelioma incidence rates increased as industries expanded the use of. The only proven cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos. Most risk factors for mesothelioma involve different sources of exposure to. Other risk factors, such as the genes you inherit or exposure to the simian virus 40, known as SV40, have not been shown to cause mesothelioma.
Other potential risk factors that remain unproven causes of mesothelioma include genetic factors and exposure to radiation, zeolite minerals, and the polio vaccine between 1955 and 1963 that was contaminated with simian virus 40 (SV40). Asbestos fibers take an average of 20 to 50 years to convert normal mesothelial cells into mesothelioma cancer cells. This time lag between exposure and the development of the disease is known as the latency period. Asbestos fibers take decades to cause damage that leads to mesothelioma, but once mesothelial cells become cancerous, they can quickly form mesothelioma tumors that grow and spread within months to a few years.
According to the American Cancer Society, 80% of mesothelioma cases are caused by known exposure to asbestos. Studies have shown that radiation treatment for other types of cancer or certain genetic markers may increase the risk of developing mesothelioma. However, asbestos is still the only proven cause of the disease. If you are looking for support for mesothelioma, contact our patient advocates at (85) 404-4592. Asbestos was commonly used to build various types of structures in the 1930s and early 1980s due to its resistance to fire, water, sound, and more.
Because of this, many industries used materials containing asbestos before the general public knew about the dangers of asbestos. Many people have been exposed to asbestos in some way from the 1930s to today. Although the use of asbestos fell sharply in the 1980s, after the mineral's hazards became widespread, it has not been completely banned. Some of these workplaces still pose a risk of exposure to asbestos and mesothelioma even today.
According to OSHA, 1.3 million workers have been exposed to asbestos today. The only known cause of mesothelioma is a history of exposure to asbestos. Many people were exposed to this mineral, as it was widely used from the 1930s to the early 1980s in buildings, building materials and hundreds of other products. Because of the long latency period of asbestos, it can take 10 to 50 years for mesothelioma symptoms to develop after exposure.
Mesothelioma cancer occurs by inhaling or ingesting asbestos fibers. Asbestos fibers are lodged in the lining of the lungs, abdomen, or heart. Fibers cause inflammation and scarring. Exposure to asbestos can lead to the development of mesothelioma cancer.
While asbestos is the main risk factor for developing mesothelioma, exposure to asbestos alone does not represent everyone affected. Causes of non-asbestos-related mesothelioma have been suggested. A volcanic mineral, known as erionite, can also cause mesothelioma. Erionite was first associated with the disorder due to a large increase in the incidence of mesothelioma in Cappadocia, central Anatoli region of Turkey.
Researchers believe that genetic factors in the native population may also play an important role in increasing the prevalence of the disorder in this region. However, to date, no genetic factor has been identified in Cappadocia. Erionite is a fibrous material that belongs to a group of minerals called zeolites. Zeolites are chemically related to asbestos.
Erionite is found in the United States, particularly in North Dakota, Western states, and often in gravel quarries or road development projects. The main risk factor for mesothelioma is working with asbestos. Asbestos is a group of minerals with thin microscopic fibers. Because these fibers are resistant to heat, fire and chemicals and do not conduct electricity, asbestos has been extracted and widely used in construction, automotive and other industries.
We know that asbestos causes most cases of pleural mesothelioma. This starts in the two sheets of tissue that cover the lungs, called the pleura. Being exposed to large amounts of asbestos for a long period of time increases the risk of mesothelioma. Many people with mesothelioma in the abdomen (peritoneal mesothelioma) have also been exposed to asbestos.