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Who is most likely to get pleural mesothelioma?

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Dr. Ritesh Rathore answered

Specializes in Hematology and Oncology

Asbestos exposure: Most cases (70-80%) of mesothelioma happen in persons with environmental exposure to asbestos. Radiation exposure is another risk factor and smoking increases the risks. Thus, a person with a history of work-exposure to asbestos is at highest-risk of developing mesothelioma.

Answered 9/28/2016


Dr. Eric Toloza answered

Specializes in Thoracic Surgery

Asbestos-exposure: Those exposed to asbestos are most prone to getting malignant mesothelioma, either directly through work or indirectly through close contact with clothes of those exposed at work, such as pipe-fitters, boilermakers, brake repair. Some also have suggested that exposure to the earliest polio vaccines, which may have been contaminated with another virus, sv40, may be prone to developing mesothelioma.

Answered 4/17/2012



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