Sources of Asbestos Exposure
A Major Risk Factor for Mesothelioma
The biggest risk factor for developing mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos. In fact, a history of asbestos exposure at work is reported in almost 80% of all cases.
Asbestos exposure generally takes place occupationally, environmentally or second-hand. When an individual would inadvertently breathe in the small asbestos fibers that were used in many construction and building materials throughout the 20th century, it lead to the development of several types of breathing disorders and cancers, including mesothelioma.
Occupational Asbestos Exposure
The most serious and harmful exposures to asbestos occurred on-site for a number of occupations including:
Asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral. As such, those living near areas of large deposits face possible exposure. Environmental exposure is typically more dangerous near asbestos mines.
Asbestos mines are no longer in operation within the United States, however mesothelioma has a long latency period (10 to almost 50 years), and many are still developing the disease long after these mines have been shut down.
The two cities in the United States most widely recognized for asbestos exposure problems are El Dorado Hills, California and Libby, Montana.
Those most at risk for secondary asbestos exposure consist of the families of workers that would bring home with asbestos fibers on their hair, tools and work clothing.
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and you were exposed to asbestos occupationally or environmentally, contact our New Jersey mesothelioma lawyers for more information. Get your free mesothelioma consultation today. You can also call us directly by dialing 866-613-9319.