Risk Factors For Mesothelioma
Anything that increases the chance of getting a disease
to a person is called as risk factor. Different cancers
have different risk factors.The major risk factor
for mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos.Sometimes
it may occur without any exposure to asbestos.
Asbestos is the name of a group of minerals that
occur naturally as masses of strong, flexible fibers
that can be separated into thin threads and woven.
Asbestos has been widely used in many industrial products,
including cement, brake linings, roof shingles, flooring
products, textiles, and insulation.
Some of the professions where people are more at
Insulators – These people
were among the most exposed to asbestos. They were
even known as asbestos workers.
Boilermakers – Though the
use of asbestos was banned in many industries, these
people are still at risk because they have to maintain
older boilers that contain asbestos.
Shipfitters - These people are at
increased risk for lung cancer mesothelioma as they
often work in constricted spaces.
Steel Workers – Manufacturing
of steel products would have exposed them to dangerously
high levels of asbestos resulting in many of them
contracting the fatal disease of mesothelioma.
Maintenance Workers – While
performing repair works, repair of facilities with
asbestos in place, and the material may be disturbed
and release asbestos in the air.
Another reason was the use of Thorotrast in the use
of x-rays. Also zeolite which is a silicate mineral
found in certain parts of Turkey is believed to have
caused some mesothelioma related deaths in this part.
Though tobacco alone doesn’t induce mesothelioma
it increases the risk of this disease for asbestos