One of the first questions mesothelioma patients have after receiving a diagnosis is "How was I exposed to asbestos?" The fact is that many American citizens have been at risk for asbestos exposure throughout the years.
Asbestos was used extensively throughout every branch of the United States Military before the late 1970s. While the Military cannot be held responsible for the exposure of millions of our veterans, the makers and manufacturers of asbestos products can.
Blue Collar Workers
There is a long list of different occupations whose workers are at risk for developing mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure on the job. Automobile mechanics, electricians, and construction workers are some of the most common workers at risk. Veterans, railroad workers, and even firefighters can still come into contact with asbestos while at work.
Older dormitories and classroom buildings on college campuses were constructed with asbestos-containing materials. Students, teachers, and workers can be exposed to asbestos when renovations and remodeling take place. Mesothelioma symptoms can take ten to seventy years to develop, so these students will be long-since graduated if or when they appear.
While the use of asbestos has slowed since the late 1970s, individuals are still at risk for coming into contact with the substance today. Asbestos is present in older homes, school buildings, and structures of all kinds.