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Do family members of asbestos workers have a higher risk of mesothelioma?

From Medicineworld.org: Do family members of asbestos workers have a higher risk of mesothelioma?

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Studies have shown that family members of mesothelioma workers have a higher risk of development of mesothelioma compared to the general population. Family environment of an asbestos worker generally have increased level of asbestos. Workers get exposure to asbestos at workplace and bring these asbestos fibers home in their hair, skin, cloths and other utilities. The worker will most likely wash his cloths in the family laundry together with the cloths of his wife and children, whereby contaminating their cloths. Since 1972 the law has required the asbestos workers to shower and change their cloths before leaving the work place and this has resulted in lower exposure levels in family members. One in 100 to 250 of the household contacts of asbestos workers may develop mesothelioma during their lifetime, but the risk of development of mesothelioma depends upon the degree of contamination of the household. One study has suggested that about half of all cases of mesothelioma in women may be due to household contact.

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