According to a recent report that was published in a United States journal the asbestos related cancer, mesothelioma, can sometimes affect younger people that do not fit under the typical description of a possible mesothelioma patient.

The report, which was published in the West Virginia Medical Journal, called for medics to carry out testing for this disease on patients even if they do not fall into the classic high risk group, as patients that have no known exposure to asbestos have gone on to develop the disease.

Whilst the highest risk group for this cancer is middle aged and older men who may have worked with asbestos decades ago, some younger people may also develop the disease, and this may be through exposure to asbestos that they were not even aware of such as secondary exposure.

The report called for testing to be carried out on younger people that display the classic symptoms of the cancer, even if they do not fit the classic profile of a mesothelioma sufferer. It is important for the diagnosis to be made early, claimed the report, with the author stating: “Mesothelioma, unfortunately, is an aggressive tumor with a poor response to multiple common modalities, including surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation treatment.”

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