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Mesothelioma :: Who can get it?
Asbestos exposure is the only known cause of mesothelioma. For nearly 40 to 50 years, asbestos was used in several products especially cement sheets, pipe products used for water supply, roofing and sidings, fire protection material, etc.
Mesothelioma results from breathing microscopic asbestos fibers. Once entered into lungs these asbestos particles tears the lungs tissue and cause the lungs to form scar tissue again and again or can even cause lung cancer. When asbestos fibers damages mesotelial tissues, it can lead to mesothelioma.
Workers at below mentioned few of the job sites may have been exposed to products containing asbestos, especially if they have worked prior to mid 70's.
- Chemical Plants
- Power Plants
- Steel Mills
- Manufacturing Plants
- Commercial Construction Sites
- Residential Construction Sites
- Paper Mills
- Ship fitters
- Steel Workers
- Maintenance Workers
- Pipe Fitters
- Brake Mechanics
- roofing and siding