Surviving Mesothelioma Cites New Danish Report to Warn Homeowners of Potential Home Repair Danger

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Mesothelioma education site Surviving Mesothelioma says the cases of two Danish men who contracted mesothelioma after doing home repairs illustrate the dangers of asbestos exposure at home.

Renovation May Carry Mesothelioma Risk

Mesothelioma Danger in Home Repairs

The two cases demonstrate the importance of careful handling of products containing asbestos...

Danish researchers have released a report of two homeowners whose roof repair work at home likely led to their malignant pleural mesothelioma. Surviving Mesothelioma has the details and a warning for homeowners. Click here to read it now.

Occupational medicine researchers with Aarhus University Hospital in Slagelse analyzed the two mesothelioma cases and found that neither homeowner had any history of working with asbestos outside their home.

“The two cases demonstrate the importance of careful handling of products containing asbestos, with emphasis on avoidance of inhaling asbestos fibers,” writes author Dr. Rolf Petersen.

Surviving Mesothelioma says the report, published in the Danish medical journal Ugeskr Laeger, is further evidence that owners of older homes should not attempt renovations without professional advice.

"Asbestos dust doesn’t look any different from any other dust created during a home repair project,” says Surviving Mesothelioma’s Managing Editor, Alex Strauss. “The difference is that this dust can be deadly. Homeowners may not even know how deadly until they develop mesothelioma decades later.”

To read more about the Danish cases and learn ways to minimize the risk of mesothelioma at home, see Report Highlights Mesothelioma Danger in Home Repairs, now available on the Surviving Mesothelioma website.

Petersen, R et al, “Non occupational pleural mesothelioma”, January 12, 2015, Ugeskr Laeger, pp 177,

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