Mesothelioma:

Preventing Mesothelioma

To prevent mesothelioma, your best course of action would be to limit your asbestos exposure in the home and at work. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration sets guidelines concerning occupational asbestos exposure that employers must follow. If you are concerned about workplace exposure to asbestos, speak with your employer or union immediately.

Those working with asbestos materials must realize that the fibers can be brought home on the skin, hair or clothes. This puts family members at a higher risk of developing mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses. To limit asbestos exposure, asbestos workers should shower at work and put their work clothes into the wash immediately upon returning home.

In addition to the workplace, you may also come in contact with asbestos at home. If you suspect that your home contains asbestos, contact an asbestos removal contractor immediately. He or she will test the material and advise you how to handle the asbestos. If the material is not disturbed, the contractor may opt to leave the material alone. Asbestos has only been known to cause disease if the fibers are released into the atmosphere. If the material has been disturbed, the asbestos contractor will remove, enclose or encase the material.

Asbestos has also been known to cause lung cancer. Research shows that smokers who are exposed to asbestos have a considerably higher chance of developing lung cancer. Therefore, those who have been exposed to asbestos should not smoke.

Another key step in prevention is seeking regular medical screenings. If you believe you have been exposed to asbestos, get a medical checkup annually. In addition, if you develop any respiratory illness, seek prompt medical attention.

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