Duke University Medical Center has completed the largest single institution study of women with mesothelioma.

The study

The study looked at histopathology, exposure to asbestos, demographics, objective markers and survival in 354 cases of women with malignant mesothelioma.

Exposure in the household

One thing that stood out in the study was the type of exposure to asbestos that had caused the mesothelioma.

Exposure details were including in 325 cases and around 200 of these stated that the women had been exposed to asbestos through household contact, rather than exposure through employment or occupational exposure. This is also known as ‘secondary exposure’ as the asbestos came from a family member, most commonly the father or husband, bringing it home from work on their clothes.

Age difference for pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma

The researchers were not expecting to find any age differences for the type of mesothelioma but it was found that, on average, those diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma were ten years younger than those diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma.

It is great to see research still being done to try and understand mesothelioma and for a study dedicated to women in a condition that is predominantly seen as affecting older men.

Studies such as this give a better understanding into mesothelioma and will hopefully help prevent people developing mesothelioma in the future.

If you require assistance in pursuing an asbestos compensation claim for mesothelioma or other asbestos disease then please contact us today on our freephone number 0800 038 6767. Alternatively, head over to the ‘Contact Us’ page, complete the form and we will be in touch.



Pavlisko, E. et al. (2019, December 23). Malignant Diffuse Mesothelioma in Women: A Study of 354 Cases. Retrieved from: https://journals.lww.com/ajsp/Abstract/publishahead/Malignant_Diffuse_Mesothelioma_in_Women__A_Study.97509.aspx


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