We often talk about how men are at risk for developing mesothelioma in their lifetime because they were likely to suffer prolonged asbestos exposure at blue-collar jobs. In the 20th century, more men than women held positions such as an insulator, firefighter, or boilermaker, but that does not mean that women were 100% safe from asbestos.
Many women have been exposed to asbestos after the substance came home on the clothes or skin of a worker in the family. This meant that women (and children) could be exposed, day after day, without working around asbestos products or materials. Since asbestos fibers are smaller in diameter than a strand of human hair, the substance can be invisible to everyone around it.
Breathing in asbestos fibers after hugging a worker or washing their clothes are just two ways in which women came into contact with the carcinogen. After years or decades, the symptoms of fatal conditions like mesothelioma can begin to appear.
If you are a woman who lived with a worker who was likely to be exposed to asbestos on the job, you may have been exposed as well. Sharing your possible past exposure history with a medical professional will help them diagnose symptoms sooner than later, if they arise. A mesothelioma lawyer will also be able to help you determine if you are entitled to compensation for your condition.