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Mesothelioma Risk Factors

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Although it is theorized that inhaling or ingesting a single asbestos fiber has the potential to cause mesothelioma, the risk of developing the deadly cancer increases with the amount and duration of exposure. Those at greatest risk have worked with asbestos, although they may not have been aware of it at the time. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, call the California mesothelioma lawyers at Brayton Purcell, LLP. We are here to help.

Work-Related Mesothelioma Risk Factors

People who have worked in certain industries and work environments are more likely to have been exposed to high levels of asbestos. Examples include:

  • Oil refineries
  • Steel mills
  • Power plants
  • Shipyards
  • Mining
  • Automotive manufacture and repair
  • Appliance manufacture and repair
  • Demolition
  • Construction and remodeling
  • Disaster response

Workers are still being exposed to asbestos today.

Military Mesothelioma Risk Factors

Asbestos was used heavily by the military from the 1930’s through the 1970’s. Navy veterans are at highest risk for mesothelioma, but members of all branches of the military, and their families, were exposed. Today, some military buildings and equipment still contain asbestos and continue to pose a risk. Of course, those serving in other countries, where asbestos use is not regulated, are also at risk for developing mesothelioma.

Asbestos Contaminated Buildings and Mesothelioma Risk Factors

Many older homes and buildings still pose an asbestos exposure risk. As long as the asbestos remains contained in the building materials, it is not causing harm, but when the materials are damaged at all, they can release the asbestos fibers into the air. Asbestos exposure can occur at home, at school, and at work even in industries that are not high-risk if the building is contaminated.

Secondhand Exposure

Secondhand exposure occurs when a person who is exposed at work or elsewhere carries the fibers home on their clothing. Women and children are often expose this way, typically by doing the laundry.

If you or someone you love has developed mesothelioma, please call the California mesothelioma lawyers of Brayton Purcell, LLP, at (800) 598-0314.