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Understanding the Mesothelium

While people may understand that asbestos is a very dangerous substance that causes internal damage if ingested or inhaled, most people do not understand the underlying science of the development of mesothelioma. The mesothelium is a membrane that makes up the thin lining of various body cavities, including the abdominal cavity, thoracal cavity, heart sac, and the internal male and female reproductive organs.

The mesothelium works to provide the body with a lubricating fluid between the layers of cells. This, in turn, provides a smooth and slick surface that allows the body’s organs to move against each other without damage. The mesothelium is also responsible for the movement of other fluids across the body’s cavities. Fluids used to protect or regulate inflammation of a body part utilize the mesothelium to get where they need to go.

If mesothelioma develops due to asbestos exposure, the cells of the mesothelium begin to divide uncontrollably. The spread of these new abnormal cells can harm nearby organs and tissues, causing the cancer to spread throughout the body at a much faster rate. In most cases, mesothelioma develops in the pleura (thoracal cavity) and studies show that 90% of people who suffer from meothelioma do so because of asbestos exposure.

Mesothelioma is a devastating disease that develops due to the inhalation of ingestion of dangerous asbestos fibers. If you or a loved one were exposed to asbestos and have developed mesothelioma, you have legal options. Contact an attorney immediately to learn more about your rights. The mesothelioma attorneys of Williams Hart have been representing asbestos victims for many years and will work to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve for your suffering. Call 800-781-3955 today to schedule your free initial consultation.

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