To date, with few exceptions, primary attention to the etiology of malignant mesothelioma has been focused on environmental factors. However, several reports of familial aggregations of mesothelioma strongly support the supposition that host factors, in concert with environmental exposure, particularly asbestos, may contribute etiologically to an as yet unknown fraction of occurrences of this disease. However, in evaluation of familial mesothelioma, it is important to consider the possibility of household exposure to asbestos. We report a family in which two brothers with prolonged occupational asbestos exposure manifested malignant pleural mesotheliomas of similar histology.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Molecular Biology
- Cancer Research