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The only known cause of mesothelioma is from exposure to asbestos fibers that are inhaled through the mouth and nose and become embedded in the lining of the lungs.

Asbestos is almost as old as man; its usage and health hazards date as far back as the 1st century. Asbestos was widely used as a fire retardant in building materials until the early/mid 20th century and many laborers were subjected to exposure on the job.

In most cases, symptoms of mesothelioma will not appear until many years after the exposure has occurred. Also, symptoms are frequently ignored or dismissed by people who typically attribute them to common every day ailments. There is currently no cure for Mesothelioma. But, treatments are available based on the location of the cancer, the stage of the disease, and the patient's age and general health.

Few workers knew of the dangers of asbestos. However, the manufacturers were well aware of the hazards and continued to use it. Currently there are hundreds of class action law suits against the manufacturers of asbestos products and the companies that used them.