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Secondary Asbestos Exposure

Since the mid-1950s, doctors and scientists have known that direct asbestos exposure causes serious health problems like asbestosis, mesothelioma, and lung cancer. This was one of the main reasons that the government severely restricted and even banned most uses of asbestos. However, only now are medical professionals realizing the full extent of asbestos damage. Many people have developed asbestos-related diseases due to secondary exposure, not even direct contact.

Secondary asbestos exposure, also called second-hand asbestos exposure, occurs when you come into contact with asbestos that is carried on other people’s clothing or present in the community due to nearby mines or manufacturing plants. This second-hand exposure can be just as dangerous as full exposure since even a tiny amount of asbestos in your body can lead to mesothelioma and other cancers.

Asbestos in the Home

One of the most common types of secondary asbestos exposure occurs in the home, especially for women and children. For many years, husbands, brothers, and other male relatives who worked in asbestos plants or manufacturing centers would wear the same asbestos-saturated clothes back home. By doing laundry or simply embracing the asbestos worker, women and children could inhale the fibers that had settled on the clothing.

Tragically, many wives and children of World War II soldiers have developed asbestos-related diseases because the insulating material was very popular and widely used during the war. Men who worked with and around asbestos would then carry it home to their families.

Community Asbestos Exposure

Asbestos is dangerous because it can break off into microscopic pieces, which can then be carried in a light breeze as a deadly cloud of carcinogenic particles. Communities near asbestos mines and manufacturing plants that used asbestos have been exposed to this material through dust and airborne particles. Even if you did not directly work in the mine or processing facility, you can still suffer from the ravages of asbestos.

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If you believe that you have come into contact with asbestos through secondary asbestos exposure, you should not hesitate to talk to your physician about your concerns. You may require tests to see if you have any asbestos-related disorders. For more information regarding primary and secondary asbestos exposure, as well as their related health issues, please fill out the contact form above or contact an asbestos attorney of Williams Hart by calling 1-800-781-3955.

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