What is Mesothelioma
In Simple terms, Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that targets the protective mesothelium lining which is found in most of the body’s internal organs, most commonly Mesothelioma targets the outer lining (Pleura) of the lungs.
Mesothelioma is indeed a serious health concerns with bleak prognosis which causes a significant threat to your health, so it’s important to understand the cause of mesothelioma.
Scientific studies have shown that the most common cause of Mesothelioma is the exposure to asbestos. In fact the majority of recorded mesothelioma sufferers have been building contractors and workers who have jobs directly linked to the use of asbestos.
Asbestos is a set of naturally found silicate minerals, mined commercially for it’s desirable physical make up. Asbestos had become increasingly popular with manufacturers and builders, until relatively recently, due to its strength, resistance to heat, and toughness.
Asbestos fibres used to be used in the production of car brake pads, shoes, and clutch discs, even some cigarette filters used to have it in. Asbestos is still all around us.
Frequent exposure to Asbestos, inhalation of its fibres and having direct contact with it through bare skin have been proved to significantly increase the chance of developing mesothelioma.
It is so common for Asbestos to be the cause of Mesothelioma that if a patient is showing the symptoms of the illness, a doctor will enquire about the potential contact with Asbestos before carrying out any physical tests.
The use of Asbestos in building works have led to several high profile court cases following the proof of the connection between Asbestos and Mesothelioma.
The discovery that asbestos is the leading cause of mesothelioma could potentially save many lives in the future. It’s use has been significantly reduced in recent years, it’s disposal is now governed by strict guidelines, and the education about avoiding products has improved so that people are aware of its dangers.
Other causes of Mesothelioma
Though asbestos is by far the most common cause of mesothelioma, there are also other possible factors that can induce Mesothelioma or further aggravate the risks of asbestos.
Chain smoking is one factor where nicotine and tar from the cigarette can damage the natural protective lining in the lungs increasing the risk of Mesothelioma.
There are also several viruses that have scientifically been linked mesothelioma. Several studies have linked the Simian virus to some mesothelioma cases but there is still not scientific proof for this possibility.