The health risks of mesothelioma cancer:
Occupational exposure to asbestos is the major risk factor for mesothelioma.
A past asbestos exposure exists in almost all cases listed. However, mesothelioma has been reported in some cases of individuals with no known exposure to asbestos.
Asbestos was widely used in many industrial products, including cement, brake linings, roof shingles, flooring, textiles, and insulation products. If tiny asbestos particles float in the air, especially during the manufacturing process, they may be inhaled or swallowed and cause serious health problems.
In addition mesothelioma, asbestos exposure increases the risk of lung cancer, asbestosis causes pulmonary fibrosis (non-cancer chronic disease), and other cancers, such as tumors of the larynx and kidney.
For one person the combination of smoking and asbestos exposure significantly increases the risk of developing cancer of the upper airway or bronchial carcinoma.
Apart from this particular case, smoking does not appear to increase the risk of mesothelioma. Some studies suggest that the simian virus 40 could act as a cofactor in the development of mesothelioma.
Exposure and asbestos cancer:
Professional sectors which led to asbestos exposure related to extraction units, and industries using asbestos because of its properties.
The extraction units
The manufacture of asbestos-based materials: cement manufacturing, textile asbestos, etc.
Insulation (in the building, in the manufacture of industrial furnaces, in the manufacture of heating and cooling equipment in shipyards) and lagging (flocking with products containing asbestos is banned in France since 1977)
The use of asbestos as protection against heat (gloves, aprons, cords, covers …) in various industries: shipbuilding, steel, foundry, glass, construction industry, etc.
Those who have worked directly with asbestos or asbestos products are most at risk of developing mesothelioma, however, mesothelioma has been reported in some individuals who have had minimal exposure.
Trades at high risk of developing mesothelioma cancer:
The carpenter in the field of iron
The builders of the vehicle chassis
Workers in the building
Contractors in construction
Sheet metal workers
Since the ban of import manufacture and marketing of materials containing asbestos in France (Decree 96-1133 of 24/12/1996), it was the intervention of the existing materials containing asbestos which is the major concern, especially for all building professionals (asbestos removal work).