There are many ways that mesothelioma may harm the body. This includes cell damage, genetic changes and modifications to the body. The forming of growths inside the cells may cause further injury that cannot be reversed. And this leads to the need to pursue compensation for such injuries. This article and a subsequent one will discuss physical injuries and legal damages from mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma can result in the following changes in the body:
- Tumors and cell damage
- Genetic damage
- Mutations and growths
Physical Injuries: Tumors and Cell Damage
Because cancer is a type of cell growth, the cells will replicate and duplicate until they form a mass in the body. In most cases the cancer is an uncontrollable change in the body. This is as a result of DNA changes. There are many types of damaged cells that could include the following:
- Genetic changes
- Inflamed cells
- Uncontrollable cancerous mutations
- Severe growth and responses to or a lack of response to stimuli
When fibers inflame cells, this causes irritated reactions with mesothelioma. This in turn may also lead to genetic scarring and damage to cells inside the body. The person may suffer serious pain if they do not receive medical help.
Physical Injuries: Genetic Damage
Genetic changes happen because the fibers enter the cell and change the life cycle of each molecule. This genetic change leads to cancerous growths. The next stage after this is mutations with cancer and uncontrollable growth of the cancer. Free radicals are produced which further damages the DNA and mutates healthy cells. The production of other proteins will block genes that stop the forming of tumors and uncontrollable replication of cells. The other proteins are called oncoproteins.
The more an individual is exposed to asbestos, the more likely they are to suffer from mesothelioma. The longer time a person is exposed to asbestos fibers, the higher the risks of further genetic harm and cancer.