Mesothelioma Causes & Symptoms
Millions of Americans have been exposed to asbestos in the past century as the use of asbestos as a fire-retardant insulator grew in popularity in industrial, manufacturing and commercial industries. Unfortunately, anyone who worked in those industries – along with their families – commonly inhaled asbestos fibers, because protective masks and clothing were not generally required or distributed.
It wasn’t until years after asbestos became the insulator of choice that many workers started to develop mesothelioma – a cancer that affects the lining around the lungs, abdomen and heart. Researchers have now concluded that exposure to asbestos is the foremost cause of mesothelioma.