According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), all types of asbestos cause mesothelioma.
Types of Asbestos
The term asbestos describes a group of six fibrous minerals that occur naturally. These needle-like and thin fibers have proved useful in several different construction and fireproofing materials, and many different industries consistently used asbestos in their products for decades.
Because these fibers are flexible and soft, they have excellent resistance to corrosion, heat, and electricity. However, their durability proves dangerous to humans, as the inhalation of these thin fibers results in their settlement in tissue throughout the body, where they remain permanently trapped for decades. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), under the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act of 1986, legally recognized six different types of asbestos. These types of asbestos fall into two categories: Amphibole and serpentine.
There are five different types of amphibole asbestos, including:
All of these types of asbestos have jagged, straight shapes, and they typically repel water.
There is only one type of serpentine asbestos called chrysotile, which is also known as “white asbestos.” This type of asbestos is different due to the fact that the fibers are not straight or jagged, but rather curly in nature. This type of asbestos accounts for 95% of all of the asbestos in the world. Some of the chrysotile-containing products commonly known Include:
Brake pads for vehicles
- Certain types of adhesives
- Vinyl tiles
- Roofing materials
All Types of Asbestos Cause Mesothelioma
While scientists may classify asbestos into different categories, all types of asbestos are dangerous.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), and the EPA all list all types of asbestos as cancer-causing agents that have the potential to develop into mesothelioma when inhaled. All of the different types of asbestos may ultimately cause asbestosis, mesothelioma, ovarian cancer, laryngeal cancer, lung cancer, and other serious medical conditions.
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Symptoms of Asbestos Lung Cancer
All types of asbestos can result in the development of mesothelioma. If you worked or lived near asbestos mines, asbestos factories, or asbestos-related products, you may have an increased risk of developing mesothelioma over your lifetime. Unfortunately, once exposed, your risk of developing mesothelioma does not diminish over time.
As the asbestos particles remain in a person’s lungs, or other tissue surrounding the heart, abdomen, or testes, they can stay dormant for decades until some unknown cause results in their irritation, which develops into mutated cancer cells known as mesothelioma.
If you believe you have any reason to suspect that you may develop mesothelioma due to your exposure to asbestos, make sure to always carefully monitor yourself for any symptoms that may indicate the development of mesothelioma, including:
- Coughing up blood
- Shortness of breath
- Swallowing challenges (dysphagia)
- Weight loss
- Loss of appetite
- Gastrointestinal issues
- Chest pain
- Other unexpected and unexplainable symptoms
Visit with a healthcare provider as soon as possible in order to receive a proper medical evaluation and diagnosis. If you are genuinely concerned about possibly developing mesothelioma, there are now some tests that you may qualify for to determine if you have mesothelioma prior to the development of symptoms. As it is always better for your prognosis to catch mesothelioma as quickly as possible, never hesitate to visit your doctor or medical professional for their opinion regarding your possibility of developing this aggressive cancer.
Types of Mesothelioma
Different types of mesothelioma can develop throughout a person’s body. In the majority of cases, mesothelioma develops in the lungs, or in the lining of the lungs. However, mesothelioma may also develop in the peritoneal (abdomen) area, the lining of the heart, or lining of the testes. All of these types of mesothelioma occur due to asbestos exposure.
In addition, mesothelioma can spread to other distant organs in the body in the later stages of cancer.
Consider How a Mesothelioma Attorney Can Help
Over 50 countries throughout the world have now banned the use of asbestos. However, even though scientists and researchers have continually proven that this mineral directly causes mesothelioma, it is still legal in the United States.
Because this mineral is still used throughout the United States, if you believe your diagnosis of mesothelioma relates directly to your exposure to any type of asbestos, you may have the legal right to pursue compensation for your injuries and pain and suffering. Consider calling our team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444 for a free consultation to learn how a mesothelioma attorney can help you understand your legal rights.