Mesothelioma is a specific type of cancer overwhelmingly caused by exposure to asbestos. It involves mesothelial cells which form the very thin linings/membranes surrounding and encasing the lungs, heart, abdominal cavity, and gonads. These linings are called the serosal membranes or mesothelium. After a person inhales or ingests asbestos fibers, those fibers reach the mesothelium where they cause genetic errors of the mesothelial cells that comprise the membranes. This results in daughter cells without the ability to control cell growth. This loss of controlled cell growth can lead to cancer of the mesothelial cells, which is mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos. Many people do not know that there are several types of mesothelioma that an asbestos exposure victim can be diagnosed with.
For those who have spent their lives working around asbestos, mesothelioma is not something to be ignored. Many people are unaware that such a disease even exists, but victims are becoming less and less rare as the years go by.