When people think of mesothelioma, they typically picture an older adult who has been exposed to asbestos. Yet the disease can, in rare cases, also strike children.
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What’s the problem?
The latency period of mesothelioma can be many years, so often diagnosing children with mesothelioma can be difficult because they have not lived that long. However, there have been rare cases and studies that detected mesothelioma in children. Because the prognosis is poor, doctors need to carefully diagnose mesothelioma in their youngest patients.
It is important to understand that mesothelioma is not inherited through genes, therefore just because your mother or father has it does not mean it is automatically passed on. Mesothelioma is also not contagious. There have been cases where children have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, but it is through contact with asbestos.
In some cases, parents who worked in manufacturing or construction companies have exposed children to asbestos through clothing. When at work, the asbestos becomes trapped in either the clothing or other accessories, and when brought home the transmission occurred through the air. The asbestos-contaminated air could then be breathed in by a child.
In other cases, homes built between the 1920s and 1980s may have attics that contain asbestos insulation known as vermiculite. Older roofs may contain asbestos that would then be breathed in. If there is ever a question whether or not your house contains asbestos, it is always best to hire a licensed professional asbestos inspector.
It is vital that you pay attention to your child and to be able to recognize any signs of mesothelioma that he or she might exhibit. Remember that doctors are still largely uncertain of what causes mesothelioma in children, so don’t hesitate to have a doctor check on your child if you see any of the signs or symptoms.
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