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Who is most likely to get pleural mesothelioma?

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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 30 years experience
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.
Dr. Eric Toloza
Thoracic Surgery 30 years experience
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.

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