Doctors are just now beginning to see cases of mesothelioma appearing in electronic
production workers throughout the world. Since most producers of electronics have only been in business for less than twenty five years most of the cases of mesothelioma are just beginning to appear.
Mesothelioma is a disease in which cells of the mesothelium (mesothelium is a membrane that covers and protects most of the internal organs of the body)become abnormal and divide without control. They can damage and invade nearby tissues and organs. Cancer cells can also metastasize from their original site to other parts of the body.
Mesothelioma cases are rare. Working with asbestos is the major risk factor for mesothelioma. In about 70 percent to 80 percent of all cases a history of asbestos exposure at work is reported . However, mesothelioma has been known to occur in some individuals without any known exposure to asbestos.
Diagnosing mesothelioma is difficult because the symptoms are similar to those of a other conditions. Diagnosis begins with a review of the patientâ€™s medical history, including any history of asbestos exposure. When asbestos exposure is not found the second most common ground found in mesothelioma cases is quickly becoming work in the production of
Studies directed at this new possible cause of mesothelioma is being started up at two German universities. The studies are expected to last for as many as 10 years.