Is there any correlation between smoking and mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is caused “solely” by exposure to asbestos. It is a rare form of cancer which develops from cells of the mesothelium, the protective lining that covers many of the internal organs of the body.
Most people who develop mesothelioma have worked in jobs where they inhaled or ingested asbestos fibers, or were exposed to airborne asbestos dust and fibers in other ways.
It has also been suggested that washing clothes of a family member who worked with asbestos increases their risk for developing mesothelioma. Unlike lung cancer, there seems to be no association between mesothelioma and tobacco smoking, but smoking greatly increases the risk of other asbestos-induced cancers.
If you have questions about mesothelioma, call the Gertler Law Firm at (504) 581-6411 for a free consultation or see our Q & A guide on Mesothelioma.