How are People Exposed to Asbestos?
People who work with asbestos-containing materials and products on a regular basis account for the highest levels of asbestos exposure. Certain jobs and work environments, like mining, factory work, ship building, and construction work, are more likely to result in asbestos exposure than others. Studies have even shown that the family members of asbestos workers have suffered asbestos exposure from fibers brought home on the workers’ clothing. In fact, secondhand asbestos exposure is increasingly being recognized as a direct cause of mesothelioma, lung cancer and other types of serious asbestos-related illnesses.
The American Cancer Society advises that the best way to protect yourself and your family from mesothelioma and other asbestos-related health problems is to limit asbestos exposure at home and at work. Educating yourself about the kinds of products and environments commonly associated with asbestos may help you determine your risk. If you believe you have been exposed to asbestos, be sure to tell your doctor. Frequent check-ups and asbestos disease testing are vital tools for staying one step ahead of asbestos-related health problems.