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Frequently Asked Questions: Information for Families

Is there any way to prevent mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that typically attacks the pleura of the protective lining that surrounds a person’s lungs although it can also develop in the abdomen or the reproductive organs as well. It is caused by exposure to asbestos in the home or on the job, either directly or by second-hand exposure (being around an individual that has material residue on his or her work clothing). So in answer to this question, mesothelioma is preventable.

The bottom line to preventing the disease from developing is to avoid being exposed to asbestos. Since the most common type of exposure to asbestos occurs when you inhale the dust that results as a by-product of the manufacturing process, it makes sense that you should take every preventative measure possible to minimize the exposure to it if you are employed by a company that produces the material or uses it in the construction industry.

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