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Frequently Asked Questions: Information for Families

I just read in the paper about a 30-year-old getting mesothelioma because of her father’s job. How could that have happened?

When you consider the fact that the primary reason for mesothelioma developing is due to the exposure to asbestos or the its dust particles and residue, it is conceivable that another person could be exposed to it even though they are not in proximity to the source. For example, if a man is working on a job where he is exposed to asbestos on a regular basis, he most likely brings those dust particles or residue home on his clothing or in his hair.

Therefore, other people living in the home could be exposed to asbestos as well. If that person’s clothing is laundered by someone else in the home, they could also be at risk of developing mesothelioma at some point during their lives. In the case of the 30-year-old you inquired about, this could be the case if she is not working at a job where she is exposed to asbestos like her father has been.

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