Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that can affect the lungs, heart, or abdominal regions, and is known to result from long term or high level exposure to asbestos. Many people that have been exposed to asbestos have died as a result of contracting the cancer, which can take several decades to develop from the time of exposure.

However, more recently there has been speculation over whether the risk of contracting this cancer can be increased as a result of genetic factors. This issue has been looked at by research staff from the Unit of Molecular Epidemiology, National Cancer Research Institute in Genoa, Italy.

Researchers involved in the study have released a report entitled “Genetic susceptibility to malignant pleural mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases” which was recently published in a journal called Mutation Research.

The researchers stated: “In the last decade many studies have shown that polymorphism in the genes involved in xenobiotic and oxidative metabolism or in DNA repair processes may play an important role in the etiology and pathogenesis of these diseases.”

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