Mesothelioma is an aggressive and rare form of cancer that targets the lining of organs including the lungs, chest, and abdomen. Mesothelioma can almost always be traced to one risk factor; exposure to asbestos.
Asbestos is a natural fiber that was a popular element filling U.S homes and businesses in the late 19th century and became more widespread after World War II. Asbestos continued to be used in the 1970’s.
Asbestos is seen as a very dangerous material for two main reasons: when asbestos-containing products are disturbed, the tiny fibers are released into the air, are then breathed in and become entrapped in the lungs while scarring and staying there for many years. The second reason is the fact that mesothelioma, among other diseases caused by asbestos materials, is oftentimes not recognized as the cause of various symptoms and can go unchecked for many years, even decades.