You can get mesothelioma without asbestos exposure. However, a mesothelioma diagnosis without prior exposure to asbestos rarely occurs.
Mesothelioma and Asbestos
Typically, inhaling asbestos causes mesothelioma. Upon absorption into the body, the fibers from asbestos can settle into the lining of different areas and remain dormant for decades. At some point, the fibers irritate the cells of the lungs, abdomen, heart, or testes, and cancerous cells begin to form. When the cancerous cells begin to form, they spread rapidly. Doctors typically find mesothelioma once it metastasizes.
Mesothelioma Without Asbestos Exposure
While it is rare, some diagnoses of mesothelioma occur without any known exposure to asbestos. Scientists have no concrete explanations for the reasons that some patients receive a diagnosis of mesothelioma without any exposure to asbestos. However, other minerals outside of asbestos can cause mesothelioma. When a patient receives a mesothelioma diagnosis, despite having no exposure to asbestos, it may be due to the following:
According to the Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Bi-Monthly, peritoneal mesothelioma accounts for 20 to 33% of all mesothelioma cases. There is a subset of patients with a peritoneal mesothelioma diagnosis who develop the illness without any asbestos exposure. However, the article suggests that risk factors for developing mesothelioma without asbestos exposure may include radiation exposure.
Erionite, a volcanic mineral, has a chemical relation to asbestos. A connection between erionite and mesothelioma was found in case patients in Cappadocia, a city in Turkey.
In the case of patients in Turkey, a mesothelioma diagnosis did not indicate a connection between genetic factors. Researchers believe that exposure to erionite can cause patients to develop mesothelioma. You can find erionite in the United States. North Dakota, some western states, gravel quarries, and road construction sites contain erionite.
If you developed mesothelioma and lived or worked in these locations, your mesothelioma may be due to erionite exposure.
Simian Virus 40 (SV40)
Some scientists believe that some cases of mesothelioma were related to a virus known as the simian virus 40. Recent evidence does not necessarily support a link between mesothelioma and simian virus 40. New evidence shows that the original research, based on the polymerase chain reaction technique, had a risk of false positives and that new studies are necessary.
In some cases of mesothelioma, experts cannot find a known trace to explain its development. These rare cases are idiopathic (unknown cause) or spontaneous. It is possible that these individuals experienced an exposure to asbestos unknowingly, or that they were around radiation or other elements such as erionite, also without their knowledge.
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Contact a Mesothelioma Attorney
You can get mesothelioma without asbestos exposure. If you have mesothelioma-related symptoms, we recommend seeing a doctor. Once you speak with a doctor and receive a diagnosis, contact a mesothelioma attorney at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm. Call us today at a href=”tel:(800) 794-0444. We may be able to recover compensation for your mesothelioma diagnosis. We can help you build your case.
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