What Is Mesothelioma

Types Of Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma Law

Mesothelioma Imagery

Mesothelioma Related Occupations

Asbestos Cancer




Asbestos has been used in association with a number of occupations in addition to those above. For instance, a number of former military personnel, particularly naval, came into contact with asbestos during their service. Massive amounts of asbestos were used in shipbuilding and commercial construction prior to the mid-1970's. Anyone involved with those industries is at a higher risk for developing an asbestos-related disease, including mesothelioma. Exposure may have been direct or indirect, lengthy or brief. The typical exposure period is lengthy, but some persons with short, even indirect exposure to asbestos develop mesothelioma later in life. Mesothelioma can also occur from non-occupational exposure, as evidenced by manifestation of the disease in women whose exposure came from washing the clothing of men (father, husband, son) who worked with, or around, asbestos.

A unique feature of asbestos-related injuries is the long latency period between exposure to asbestos and the onset of the injury or disease. For mesotheliomas, the latency period is generally between 15 and 50 years, or more. That means that a person could have been exposed to asbestos years ago, and develop mesothelioma today. The average mesothelioma latency period is approximately 35 - 40 years.

According to the National Cancer Institute, approximately 3,000 new cases per year of malignant mesothelioma are being reported in the United States, and the incidence appears to be increasing. The disease is three times more common in men than in women. In men, the occurrence of mesothelioma is ten times higher in men between the ages of 60-70 as compared to men between the ages of 30-40. Occupational exposure to asbestos over the past fifty years in the United States is calculated to have occurred in approximately eight million people.

These are additional occupations that may also deal with asbestos:

Insulators Pipe Fitters Plumbers
Electricians Painters Plasters
Crane Operators Floor Coverers Pot Tenders
Welders Paper Mill Workers Custodians
Steam Fitters Tile Setters Aerospace
Mechanic Building Engineers Demolition Crews
Former US Navy Personnel Packing/Gasket Manufactorin Workers Protective Clothing Manufactoring
Rubber Worker Warehouse Worker Home Improvement
Hospital Schools Loading Docks
Glass Factory Worker Building Inspectors Bulldozer Operator
Manufacturing Workers Excavating machine operators Heavy Equipment Mechanics
Job and Die setters Contractors Building Managers
Mixing Operatives Laborers Sawyers
Teachers Tinsmiths Weavers
Hod Carriers Excavators Technicians


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