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Other Risk Factors for Mesothelioma

Although medical research has shown that asbestos exposure is the primary cause of mesothelioma, there are other risk factors that can determine how the asbestos will affect you. For instance, some people may only be exposed to asbestos once in their lives and develop mesothelioma, whereas others may have worked in an asbestos-related industry for many years yet never develop this aggressive cancer.

Of course, it is important to recognize that you can develop asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma from secondhand exposure. For instance, if your spouse worked in an industry that utilized asbestos products, such as in a shipyard, he or she may have accidentally brought home asbestos fibers that were caught in clothing fibers.

Asbestos-Related Factors that Can Increase Mesothelioma Risk

It is important to realize that not all asbestos is the same. Part of the silicate family of minerals, asbestos actually has two main types that are further split into six subfamilies that differ in shape, size, and certain chemical factors. When it comes to mesothelioma, the type of asbestos in question can play a role in determining your risk of cancer. For instance, the amphibole group tends to be more hazardous to one’s health.

Other Factors

Besides the type of asbestos, other things that can affect your risk for mesothelioma include:

  • Receiving x-rays with thorium dioxide (used in the 1920s-1950s)
  • Getting a polio vaccine between 1955 and 1963
  • Having a family history of this cancer

Of course, these risk factors are still much less likely to cause mesothelioma than asbestos exposure.

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It is important to understand the risks of asbestos exposure as well as the signs of mesothelioma. If you believe that you have been exposed to asbestos in the past, please fill out the contact form located at the top of the page for more information about your options.

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