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Asbestos is the most common cause of mesothelioma

Updated: Wednesday, Aug 18,2010, 4:39:20 PM
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Asbestos is the most common cause of mesothelioma. Up to nine out of ten cases of mesothelioma are caused by exposure to asbestos. Asbestos is a natural mineral, mined from rock found in many countries. It is made up of tiny fibres that are as strong as steel but can be woven like cotton and are highly resistant to heat and chemicals.


By far the main cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos. Between 7 and 8 out of every 10 people diagnosed with mesothelioma (70 to 80%) say they have been in contact with asbestos. Your risk is greater if you were exposed to large amounts of it from an early age for a very long period of time. But some people say they have no history of any heavy exposure to asbestos.

 The people most likely to have been exposed to asbestos include:

    * construction workers
    * plumbers
    * electricians
    * boilermakers
    * shipbuilders
    * demolition workers
    * people who worked in other places where asbestos was present and
    * people who lived near to asbestos factories.

Tags: Mesothelioma Asbestos

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