A recently published study has shown that weather conditions can cause a person to be at risk of acquiring pleural mesothelioma – the most common form of mesothelioma in the U.S., which affects the outer lining of the lungs – at a much higher rate.
Between 2000 and 2009, researchers from Barcelona studied 24 individual people diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma in an area where a cement factory that uses asbestos operated for nearly a century. In order to determine the effect of weather and wind conditions on mesothelioma, researchers studied the distance and positioning of each patient’s home from the cement plant.
Because asbestos dust does not easily break up while airborne due to its lightness, persons living in the path of the wind carrying asbestos dust who unintentionally inhale them are more susceptible to developing mesothelioma. The very small asbestos fibers that stick to the lungs and other tissues can cause serious health problems over time.
Based on the research reports submitted by the Occupational and Environmental Medicine, wind direction and close proximity to an asbestos source poses a greater level of risk for developing mesothelioma.
Despite the regulations imposed on asbestos use, people continue to develop mesothelioma due to the negligence of other parties. Learn more about the dangers of mesothelioma and getting help if you’ve developed this deadly disease by calling 800-781-3955.