Although smoking can greatly increase the risks of the disease, there is no other link associated to this form of cancer.
* asbestos is the cause - smoking increases the risk.
The small fibre components in this strong insulating and fire retardant material can irritate and aggravate the lungs. These tiny fibres, once airborne and inhaled, cannot easily be expelled. The fibres sharply penetrate and damage the tissue. Over a period of 20 – 30 years, the fibres become establish in the lungs causing damage. These foreign bodies are attacked in an attempt to break down. Unfortunately, this is not possible. This, therefore, results in the mesothelioma cancer.
The asbestos fibres, once air born and inhaled, cannot be expelled. This results, over a period of 20 – 30 years, into mesothelioma.