Where and when did my asbestos exposure occur?
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that affects the outer lining of the lungs (the mesothelium). Mesothelioma can also affect other areas of the body (including the stomach, heart, and testicles) but these forms of cancer are much more rare.
There is one known cause of mesothelioma: Exposure to asbestos.
Because it can take decades for mesothelioma to develop – decades from the point of exposure to the cancer diagnosis – it is not always obvious where or when the exposure occurred.
Since the 1940s, thousands of workers have been exposed to asbestos on the job. Workplace exposure is the most common source of asbestos exposure.
Let’s look at some common points of asbestos exposure:
- Jobs and industries: There are certain industries in which asbestos exposure has commonly occurred: Shipbuilding, mining, construction, mechanics, firefighting, factories, demolition, manufacturing plants, and power plants. Exposure to asbestos may have occurred in other industries, as well.
- Family members: When a worker is exposed to asbestos at work, he or she may transport asbestos fibers home. Family members may therefore be at risk for secondary asbestos exposure.
- Proximity to asbestos: Individuals who lived near an asbestos source, such as a mine, may have been exposed to asbestos.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and you do not know where or when asbestos exposure occurred, you should consider talking to an attorney. It may be necessary to look several decades back. It is possible to identify the source of asbestos exposure, even when it does not seem obvious.
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