What is Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma has in recent years been gaining a large amount of attention.  I think it is important for my readers to be familiar with mesothelioma because it can cause extremely serious personal injuries.  But what is mesothelioma?  I found the following on The Asbestos Facts Blog which explains:

Mesothelioma is a cancer of the cells that make up the lining around the outside of the lungs and inside of the pleura (ribs), or around the peritoneum (abdominal organs).

What causes mesothelioma?
The only known cause of mesothelioma in the U.S. is previous exposure to asbestos fibers. Asbestos manufacturers knew about the hazards of asbestos seventy years ago – but they kept this knowledge to themselves. The first warnings to workers exposed to asbestos were given in the mid-1960s, and they were terribly inadequate. Even today, workers are not always told they are working around asbestos and are at risk for asbestos disease.

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