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Children at heightened risk for mesothelioma

June 14th, 2013

A government advisory committee has warned that children who are exposed to asbestos at the same time as adults are more likely to develop mesothelioma cancer and other asbestos-related illnesses. Asbestos can be found in many of the older schools throughout American and Europe.

According to the committee, a five-year old child is 5 times as likely to develop an asbestos disease as a 30-year old if they were both exposed to it at the same time. Mesothelioma and asbestosis can take decades to develop.

The British Committee on Carcinogenicity conducted the two-year study after being requested by the Department for Education. Asbestos exposure in schools has become an increasing concern as the building age.

 

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