Long Exposure to Asbestos Can Influence the Risk of Developing Malignant Mesothelioma

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Malignant mesothelioma is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells are found in the peritoneum (the thin layer of tissue that lines the abdomen and covers most of the organs in the abdomen) or the pleura (the thin layer of tissue that lines the chest cavity and covers the lungs).

Risk factor is anything that increases your possibility of getting a disease. In case of cancer, having a risk factor does not mean that you will get a cancer; while on the other side, not having risk factors also does not mean that you will not get cancer.

Many people who suffer malignant mesothelioma have lived or worked in places where they swallowed or inhaled asbestos. Usually it takes a long time for malignant mesothelioma to occur after being exposed to asbestos. Other risk factors for malignant mesothelioma are as follows:

  • Being a house member or family member of a person who works near asbestos.
  • Exposure to a certain virus.

Although reported the rates of occurrence have increased in the past 20 years, mesothelioma is still considered as a relatively rare cancer. If you think that you may be at risk of this disease, it is best for you to discuss this matter with your doctor. Source: National Cancer Institute

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