The vast majority of mesothelioma cases are diagnosed based on a link that establishes a connection between the diagnosis and exposure to asbestos. However, even though approximately 90% of mesothelioma cases are linked to asbestos, there are other less common risk factors that may play a causal or contributing role in a mesothelioma diagnosis.
Here is a closer look at four of those potential mesothelioma risk factors.
Exposure to Radiation
There is scientific evidence from some studies suggesting that exposure to radiation may be linked to mesothelioma. These studies have found that radiation treatment for other cancers can be traced to the development of mesothelioma, but this has yet to be proven outside of studies.
Still, it is worth noting that the link is present based on some scientific data.
Simian Virus 40 (SV40)
This virus, famously known for affecting apes, also infamously contaminated polio vaccine in 1961. At the time, more than 3 in 5 Americans were contaminated with the SV40-contaminated polio vaccine before it was taken away.
Some research has suggested as a result, that this contaminated polio vaccination could play a risk factor in the development of mesothelioma because of the SV40 presence. If you received this contaminated vaccine and do not believe asbestos exposure played a role in your mesothelioma diagnosis, it is important to keep this potential risk factor in mind.
Still, it is important to keep in mind that the research suggests SV40 is more likely a contributing factor for mesothelioma, not a direct cause like asbestos exposure.
A Genetic Predisposition to the Disease
In a previous blog post, we have written about an increasing amount of research suggesting that developing mesothelioma may be due to a genetic predisposition in some cases. Specifically, scientists have increasingly looked at the BAP1 inherited gene mutation that has frequently been linked to mesothelioma.
Zeolite is a silicone-based material that bears some key similarities to asbestos fibers, which is why some believe exposure to zeolite may contribute to mesothelioma. The most common zeolite association is based on a naturally occurring mineral called erionite, which has gained attention in a number of mesothelioma diagnoses in Turkey.
Talk to a Ledger Law Mesothelioma Lawyer If You Are Unsure Whether Asbestos Caused Your Diagnosis
Even though some other risk factors have been linked to mesothelioma, the current scientific understanding of the role these factors play is not yet clear. What is clear, however, is that asbestos is the primary known cause of mesothelioma, and it has directly caused thousands of lost lives as a result.
If you are unsure whether asbestos caused your diagnosis or do not know how to prove it, our team at The Ledger Law Firm has earned a national reputation for helping victims recover millions in compensation based on a thorough, fact-based investigation.
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