Asbestos and mesothelioma are often interchangeable terms because asbestos exposure is the sole cause of asbestosis and the more severe asbestos lung cancer or mesothelioma. All asbestos diseases are caused by exposure to asbestos.
Asbestos fibers can, upon inhalation, migrate towards the lower lobes of your lungs. Asbestos exposure results in benign pleural plaques forming around the lungs. The asbestos fibers lodged in the lung will later metastasize into mesothelioma after 15 to 30 years. That is when you will start to notice symptoms of the disease. Tha is how asbestos causes mesothelioma cancer.