There are countless potential causes that can lead to mesothelioma, but the most common perpetrator is asbestos. When asbestos fibers are inhaled, they ultimately set into the lining (mesothelium) of the lungs, heart, or abdomen. This causes destructive inflammation that forms the mesophilic tumors. Asbestos disrupts the mitosis process cell division, causing cellular mutation and damage. Asbestos can also cause the cells within the lining of the organs to remit mutagenic reactive oxygen paired with nitrogen, leading to mutation.
Mesothelioma does not usually surface for 10 to 50 years when it beings to present symptoms. That fact alone makes it challenging to identify the cause and makes early detection nearly impossible. Many diagnoses of mesothelioma have been linked to the patient’s workplace.
There is also second-hand exposure to asbestos. This can be lethal to family members regularly coming in contact with materials or clothing that have accumulated asbestos fibers.
Asbestos has also been found in many household products like paint and planting soils. However, it has recently been discovered at an alarming rate in talcum powder. A new study recently conducted shows that it can cause the rare cancer. Talcum powder has been linked to causing not only mesothelioma but also ovarian cancer.