Asbestos may raise risk of non-lung cancers

Quoted from http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2012/08/27/3575448.htm

Asbestos may raise risk of non-lung cancers

Monday, 27 August 2012

Bianca Nogrady
ABC

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Children exposed to blue asbestos may face more wide-ranging health problems in adulthood than mesothelioma and lung cancer

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Dirty dust Children exposed to blue asbestos may face more wide-ranging health problems in adulthood than mesothelioma and lung cancer, according to an Australian study.

Researchers from Western Australia analysed health data from children who lived at Wittenoom, a now-abandoned WA town where blue asbestos was mined for nearly 20 years.

The results, reported in the journal American Journal of Industrial Medicine , indicate exposure to blue asbestos in early childhood elevated the risk of a range of cancers and even heart disease in adulthood.

Among women who spent a childhood at Wittenoom, the risk of mesothelioma (asbestos-related lung disease) was 70 to 113 times greater than among the general population.

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