There is a common misconception that smoking causes mesothelioma. In fact, smoking is NOT linked to a higher incidence of mesothelioma. A study published in American Family Physician in 2007 found that smokers were at no higher risk of contracting the disease than nonsmokers. Rather, exposure to asbestos, either directly, as a bystander or from the toxic substance lingering on clothes, more likely causes mesothelioma.
According to the National Cancer Institute, workplace asbestos exposure is linked to 70 to 80 percent of all mesothelioma cases.
A personal injury attorney in New Jersey or Pennsylvania may be able to help you uncover the cause of the exposure.
Mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer, affects membranes of the lung, chest and abdomen. You can be medically diagnosed with one of four types of mesothelioma:
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