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Risk Factors

Most research found on the causes of mesothelioma focus around a persons contact with the material known as asbestos. Workers have been exposed to asbestos materials since the early 1940s. Asbestos could be found in areas such as home isolation, fireproofing materials, floor tiles and textile type industries such as shipyards and construction sites. What people did not know at the time were the dangerous affects it would have to them in later years. Asbestos related cancers such as mesothelioma occur in individuals who have been exposed to asbestos over thirty years ago. Some people even wore work gear such as jumpsuits, masks and gloves that contained the dangerous material.

Undisturbed, asbestos is a non toxic material. Unfortunately, as soon as asbestos becomes tampered with, fibers are released into the air. This is dangerous because those fibers can become lodged within a person’s body through inhalation and overexposure. There is also a risk for those who have been exposed to second hand asbestos. Family members who brought back asbestos fibers from their work environment could potentially contaminate their loved ones with life threatening disease.

What people fail to recognize, however, is that there are many other factors that can lead to mesothelioma type-cancers. It has been researched that people with no exposure to asbestos in their lifetime have been diagnosed with some form of mesothelioma. There are other chemicals that people use in their everyday lives and workforce that have been found in some patients that can be also life threatening. These cases, however, are very rare and have little connection with the affects that asbestos has to the body.

Smoking causes different types of lung cancer and affects millions of people a year. Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that affects different areas of the body, including the air passage ways and the lungs as a whole. It has been researched that smoking is not affiliated with mesothelioma cancer. It has been determined, however, that the combination of smoking and asbestos contact increases a person’s chance of developing the mesothelioma disease. This ultimately affects the air passage ways to the lungs and eventually other areas of the body if it spreads.