Secondary exposure to asbestos plagues wives

January 16th, 2013

A report from the National Cancer Registry in Ireland has concluded that secondary exposure to asbestos is most likely to affect women. According to the report, many women are exposed to asbestos when their husband comes home from work with the asbestos fibers on their clothing.

Asbestos is a carcinogenic building material that was used in construction, motor and other industries for decades. If inhaled, the cancer-causing fibers can cause patients to develop severe diseases, including asbestosis and mesothelioma, a deadly form of cancer that can take years to develop.

According to the National Cancer Registry research, nearly 20% of the women who were diagnosed with mesothelioma were younger than 50 years old, compared to just 3% of men. Additionally, 90% of female mesothelioma cancer patients had been married.

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