The main cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos. On July 12, 1989, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a rule banning most asbestos-containing products. There are still some asbestos products that are not banned. Those most at risk for asbestos-related illness are those who have had a good deal of exposure to asbestos, such as employees of construction industry and asbestos-removal companies. Workers in these industries are often exposed to asbestos when they disturb asbestos-containing materials during renovation or demolition. Shipyard workers can be exposed to asbestos the same way, when renovating or demolishing ships containing asbestos. Therefore, if you have worked in these industries, particularly between the1940s and 1970s, it is important that you find out if asbestos was being used in the workplace. If you worked in asbestos related industry, your loved ones are also in danger of having mesothelioma because of second hand exposure to the asbestos fibers left on your skin, clothes, and hair. Even if the company you worked for was not aware of the risk of asbestos causing cancer, you still have the ability to take legal action against that company in order to deal with your medical bills and the expenses of your loved ones and family. Over 75% of the cases of mesothelioma are due to asbestos exposure. Smoking does not cause mesothelioma. Therefore, don’t be fooled into thinking that smoking may have caused your mesothelioma – no studies have proven this connection.
You can protect yourself and your family by being aware of the fact that asbestos is the cause of mesothelioma in most cases. Even though many asbestos related products have been banned, there are still some products that are not banned. EPA does not track the manufacture, processing, or distribution of asbestos-containing products. Therefore, while dealing with products from asbestos related industries, it would be prudent to inquire as to the presence of asbestos in particular products. The presence of asbestos in our environment is still widespread, but has decreased as use of this material has been scaled down.