Italian Study Highlights Mesothelioma Risk in Families of Asbestos Workers

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New report offers a sobering reminder that living in a household with someone who works around asbestos can be deadly.

Families of Asbestos Workers at Risk for Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma Risk in Workers' Families

Our data confirms that household exposure increases the risk for pleural mesothelioma...

Researchers in Trieste, Italy have released their findings on mesothelioma deaths among people who had a family member in an asbestos industry. Surviving Mesothelioma has published a new article on the study. Click here to read it now.

The report from the University of Trieste used data from an Italian Mesothelioma Register to determine that laundering clothes, touching equipment, or even hugging someone who has worked with asbestos can result in a diagnosis of malignant pleural mesothelioma decades later.

“Our data confirms that household exposure increases the risk for pleural mesothelioma amongst women with no history of occupational asbestos exposure," writes lead researcher Flavia D’Agostin. “This is an ongoing problem in many countries.”

According to the report in the International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health, wives of workers were at highest risk but mesothelioma was also identified in children and mothers.

"We typically associate mesothelioma with occupational asbestos exposure, but, as this study illustrates, there are many ways to be exposed, some of which are easy to overlook,” says Surviving Mesothelioma Managing Editor Alex Strauss.

To read more about mesothelioma risk and family members, see Mesothelioma Risk in the Families of Asbestos-Exposed Workers, now available on the Surviving Mesothelioma website.

D’Agostin, F, et al, “Pleural mesothelioma in household members of asbestos-exposed workers in Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy”, May 8, 2017, International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health, pp. 419-431,

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