Risk Factors for Mesothelioma

Individuals often assume a person with Asbestos Cancer was directly exposed to this mineral at some point in their life. Although this is the most common cause of this type of cancer, other factors may also play a role in its development. Following is more information on these factors and how they play a role in mesothelioma.

Working Around Asbestos

A job that involves working around asbestos puts a person at higher risk of developing mesothelioma. As asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral, why is this the case? Asbestos has been used in many products over the years, thanks to its resistance to heat and its durability. However, when it is broken up, dust comes about. This dust, when swallowed or inhaled, settles in the stomach or lungs. This leads to irritation which may develop into cancer over an extended period of time. The vast majority of individuals don’t develop …