Mesothelioma: Am I at Risk?
Most instances of Mesothelioma are found in men who worked in manufacturing or construction using asbestos or asbestos products. Other occupations at risk include shipyard workers, those who work in asbestos mines and mills, producers of asbestos products, and those who worked with ductwork.
Some cases result after only brief exposure to asbestos, while some who have prolonged exposure never develop the Mesothelioma. Those living with asbestos workers have an increased risk of developing the disease and other asbestos-related diseases. This is thought to be the result of exposure to asbestos dust brought home from the workplace on the hair and clothing of the worker. Today, workers are required to take protective measures to avoid spreading asbestos particles.
Asbestos was prevalent in the years after the Second World War and since the early 1940s, millions of workers have been exposed to asbestos.
Since Mesothelioma can take up to 50 years to appear, most experts expect the number of cases of Mesothelioma to peak around 2018 before beginning to decline.