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Asbestos Exposure

Mesothelioma and Asbestos Exposure

Asbestos exposure can cause many illnesses including asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other cancers. The most common source of asbestos-related illness is exposure in the workplace, but it is possible to be exposed anywhere that asbestos is present. Asbestos is heavily used in some industries. It is still used in construction, but not as heavily as it was in the past. Asbestos can still be found in some common household products.

Asbestos in the Workplace

Certain industries, professions, and work environments pose an elevated risk of asbestos exposure. These include:

  • Steel mils
  • Oil refineries
  • Shipyards
  • Mining
  • Construction
  • Remodeling
  • Demolition
  • Automotive manufacture and repair
  • Appliance manufacture and repair
  • Railroad
  • Welding
  • Firefighting
  • Disaster response
  • U.S. military, especially Navy

Family members, household members, and frequent guests of people who are regularly exposed to asbestos at work, are also at risk for exposure. Workers who bring asbestos fibers home in their clothing, hair, and belongings can expose the entire household. There have been many cases of spouses and children developing asbestos-related illnesses due to this type of exposure. Very often it turns out that exposure occurred while doing household laundry.

Older Buildings

Asbestos used to be very heavily used in construction. Many older homes and buildings still contain asbestos. Asbestos exposure may occur at home, at school, or in other types of buildings. Improper asbestos removal procedures can lead to exposure. A building can become contaminated by asbestos fibers released into the air during removal.

People who were exposed to asbestos when they were very young are more likely to develop asbestos-related illnesses. People who were exposed during childhood by living in a contaminated home or going to school in a contaminated building every day, may develop mesothelioma at a unusually young age, and may not be aware of the fact that they were exposed.

First Responders

Fire fighters, emergency medical technicians (EMT’s), and others who work in emergency services and disaster response are at risk for exposure to extremely high doses of asbestos. While typically levels of exposure cause mesothelioma and other illnesses to develop over a period of 20 to 50 years, these unusually high levels of exposure can cause rapid onset of illness and death within a few short years.