Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer. However, the incidence rate is increasing over the world. Most of the reported cases are associated with occupational exposure to asbestos. The problem is that it often goes undiagnosed decades after initial exposures. It is possible to prevent the condition by raising awareness and taking protective measures at working sites. Below are 10 common causes of mesothelioma cancer that you need to know to protect yourself and your family.
Occupational Asbestos Exposure
Occupational exposure to asbestos is the main risk factor for mesothelioma cancer. Asbestos is a group of minerals that can be found in many mineral deposits. Anyone working with asbestos-containing products or raw minerals can be at risk. High-risk occupations include auto mechanics, boiler workers, insulators, industrial workers, chemical plant workers, power plant workers, construction workers, firefighters, and shipyard workers. The risk is especially high in demolition and construction workers as asbestos exists in lots of construction materials before the 1980s, such as piping, insulation, fireproofing materials, and cement. Once asbestos penetrates the body, it may reach the lungs and lead to inflammation.