Malignant mesothelioma is a form of cancer that is linked to exposure to asbestos, which is a substance that was once commonly used is a wide range of industries and applications. It has become known that long term and high level exposure to asbestos dust and fibers can lead to a range of serious health problems including this form of cancer.

However, according to a recent report, doctors are now claiming that even relatively low levels of exposure to asbestos can increase the risk of contracting asbestos related diseases such as mesothelioma, with the results of the study being published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

A university professor who was involved in the research stated: “Research into the environmental or occupational causes of cancer is difficult to conduct, for various reasons, and there are too few qualified researchers in the entire area of environmental causes of disease.”

He added: “While many people think that there are armies of researchers investigating such questions, in fact there are only a small number throughout the world, for all environmental chemicals combined. Thus, even though asbestos is the most-studied occupational carcinogen, there still remain unanswered questions about how and under what conditions the different forms of asbestos can cause cancer (such as mesothelioma), and whether MMVF is equally dangerous.”

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