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Second-Hand Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma Risk

The risk of developing Mesothelioma is not restricted to those who worked directly with or around Asbestos.

Family members of those exposed daily to Asbestos are also at significant risk of developing Mesothelioma or asbestos-related cancer via second-hand asbestos exposure.

Also referred to as "Passive Asbestos Exposure" or "Take-Home Asbestos Exposure", second-hand Asbestos exposure often affects spouses and children of those whose occupations had a high asbestos exposure risk.

Second-Hand Asbestos Exposure

Family members of those who worked in the following industries (between the 1940s and the 1980s) may be endangered by second-hand Asbestos exposure:

  • Automotive
  • Construction
  • Energy/oil and gas
  • Powerhouse Worker
  • Shipbuilding/Shipyard
  • Asbestos Abatement

Those who lived near Asbestos mines or factories that produced asbestos-related products also face a risk of developing Mesothelioma from environmental second-hand Asbestos exposure.

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How Second-Hand Asbestos Exposure Occurs

When Asbestos is disturbed, broken apart, cut, sanded, or otherwise damaged, it releases tiny fibers that can cling to the skin, hair, and clothing of workers. When the workers went home, these Asbestos fibers are easily transferred to the home environment where other family members can breathe them.

Once the fibers are in the lungs or swallowed, they accumulate in the lining of lungs and other tissues. Over many years, the Asbestos fibers cause damage to cells that can result in scar tissue, diminished lung capacity, and cancer.

Sometimes people who have been diagnosed with Mesothelioma or Asbestos Lung Cancer don't pursue a claim because they don't understand how their exposure occurred. Victims of Mesothelioma should seek out legal help immediately, even if they have no idea of how they might have been exposed.