Exposure to asbestos is the main cause of mesothelioma.
Asbestos is a mineral commonly used as an insulator and binding agent in industrial, commercial, and residential products and equipment.
Though the dangers of asbestos exposure and the resulting asbestos-related diseases like asbestosis have been documented for more than a century, products containing asbestos were in common usage until the early 1980s and can be found in many homes and structures today.
More than 80 percent of mesothelioma and asbestosis patients were exposed to asbestos on the job.
This occupational exposure to asbestos, when industry clearly knew of the dangers associated with the material, has been the basis for thousands of lawsuits.