International Journal Warns of Mesothelioma Risk from Hairdryer Use, According to Surviving Mesothelioma

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The new report suggests that thousands of people who worked in the hairstyling industry may be at risk for deadly malignant mesothelioma from the asbestos in older hairdryers.

Older Hairdryers Could Trigger Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma Risk from Hairdryers?

Asbestos was also used in household equipment and consumer products, including hairdryers.

Two researchers have just published a case report on a former hairstylist they say contracted malignant mesothelioma from long-term hairdryer use. Surviving Mesothelioma has more on the research and what it could mean for people in the industry. Click here to read it now.

The newly-published case report includes a history of asbestos use as an insulator and heat shield in dozens of hairdryers from almost every major manufacturer.

“The use of asbestos in buildings, construction sites, and mines, as well as the implications of disease for the workers has received considerable attention,” writes author Jackie Dahlgren of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington.
“However, asbestos was also used in household equipment and consumer products, including hairdryers.”

The article, published in the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health, points out that, although asbestos-containing hairdryers were recalled in 1979, thousands of people may still be at risk for mesothelioma.

“One of the things that makes mesothelioma so difficult to diagnose is its long latency period,” says Alex Strauss, Managing Editor of Surviving Mesothelioma. “This research highlights how important it is for anyone who thinks they may have been exposed to asbestos, including people in the hairstyling industry, to know the symptoms and seek medical care as early as possible.”

To read more about this mesothelioma case report and see a list of symptoms, see Could Your Hairdryer Cause Mesothelioma? now available on the Surviving Mesothelioma website.

Dahlgren, J and Talbott, P, “Case report: peritoneal mesothelioma from asbestos in hairdryers”, January 2015, International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25633928

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