Mesothelioma is a cancer of the lung lining that is almost invariably caused by one factor alone: asbestos exposure.
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Mesothelioma in children
Because of the long latency period associated with mesothelioma – it is typical for several decades to pass between the time of first exposure and the development of symptoms – mesothelioma is very rare among children. For example, in the United States between 1999 and 2002 there were only nine cases reported in young adults and children.
One reason for this – aside from the typical latency period of the cancer – is the low incidence of exposure among children, either in the workplace or elsewhere in the environment. Although it is clear that asbestos exposure during childhood increases the risk of cancer later in life, there is little evidence to suggest much, if any impact, in childhood. For example, one international study found that of 80 children diagnosed with mesothelioma, only two had ever been exposed to asbestos.
This leaves the question of what other factors cause mesothelioma in children. One theory is that radiation exposure may have some impact, although it is difficult to interpret the risk involved as anything but low.
Other possible factors are in utero exposure to the drug isoniazid – but again any link is tenuous. It is more probable that mesothelioma in children is caused by genetic mutations that make children vulnerable to certain environmental fibres, for example erionite.
Childhood exposure to asbestos – a case study
In 2013 it was reported that a Hertfordshire woman who had died from mesothelioma had told friends that she remembered walking through the dust-filled corridors of her school.
It is understood that a great deal of maintenance work was taking place at the school at the time, often involving asbestos lagging.
As is typical with mesothelioma, the progress of the disease was swift. The woman first felt symptoms in late 2011, received diagnosis early the next year and died in August 2013.
In giving his verdict the coroner said that asbestos exposure in childhood was the probable cause of the woman's death. He also said that in his 25 years as a coroner he had never had firsthand experience of mesothelioma death in a person so young.
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