What Causes Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer, and doctors have not yet been able to develop a cure. Mesothelioma is defined as a form of cancer that attacks the majority of a person’s internal organs, but the lungs are the most common organ that is impacted by this form of cancer. In some cases, the abdomen, heart or testicles are impacted. Researchers have worked tirelessly to determine the primary risk factors that contribute to an individual’s likelihood of developing this deadly disease, and they have narrowed down the primary suspect as asbestos exposure.
Exposure to Asbestos
The leading cause of developing mesothelioma, according to researchers, is exposure to asbestos. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that is both resistant to heat and very strong. In the past, this substance served a number of applications like creating house flooring, shingles, insulation and car brakes. While the mineral serves its purpose effectively, construction workers began to notice how the mineral becomes airborne when broken up. Millions of workers around the country were exposed to and likely breathed in asbestos particles. Over time, people began to realize the serious implications of breathing in broken up asbestos. If ingested, then the particles can eventually result in mesothelioma. Incredibly, research proves that around eight out of every 10 people diagnosed with mesothelioma have been exposed to asbestos. Massive legislation has helped reduce the use of asbestos in household products, but it’s important for people to understand that many older homes contain the dangerous substance.
Will I Get Mesothelioma When Exposed to Asbestos?
Not everyone who inhales tiny asbestos particles will develop mesothelioma cancer. In many areas, asbestos particles contaminate both the water supply and air supply, yet not every person will develop the cancer. Scientists and researchers have determined that the individuals most at risk have been exposed to the substance at an early age, for an extended period of time and at high levels. In addition, each individual’s specific genes and DNA greatly factor into whether they will develop cancer or not and whether the cancer will spread. According to top researchers, the risk of mesothelioma doesn’t go down over time after exposure has already occurred. The time between exposure and diagnosis can range between 20 and 50 years.
Contact a Newark Premises Liability Lawyer to Discuss Your Mesothelioma Case in New Jersey
Did you or a loved one develop mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure in New Jersey? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party, or their insurance company, to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side and fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. The skilled attorneys at Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC represent clients injured because of asbestos exposure in Newark, Westfield, Scotch Plains, East Brunswick, Cherry Hill, Clifton, Elizabeth and throughout New Jersey. Call 877-423-4878 or email us to schedule a free consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 45 Bleeker Street, Newark, NJ 07102
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