While asbestos exposure is the direct cause of mesothelioma, being briefly exposed to asbestos doesn’t necessarily mean you will be infected with mesothelioma. One thing to keep in mind, generally speaking when breathing in asbestos dust, you will expel more fibers during exhalation than those that will stay in the body.
However, it is always best to take precautions to help ward off mesothelioma. Firstly it is important to acknowledge where you were exposed to asbestos at and for how long. If you had been exposed at work, it is imperative that you inform your superiors of the issue as to prevent further exposure. If you were exposed to asbestos in your home, leave the asbestos alone and hire professionals to remove it, do not attempt to remove asbestos yourself. Time is also a factor, the longer you were exposed to asbestos, the more fibers have been inhaled and retained, which puts you at greater risk for mesothelioma.
After the proper steps have been taken to have the asbestos exposure source removed, it is important that you pay attention to your health. Due to mesothelioma symptoms being similar to many other types of colds and diseases, it can make it hard to determine if your exposure to asbestos may have lead to mesothelioma. It is important that you consistently schedule doctor visits for at least once a year and take notice of change in coughing, coughing up mucous or blood, and significant weight loss. Mesothelioma is a fatal disease and in order to best treat the disease to extend the life span of the patient, it’s best that the disease is caught in its’ earliest stages.
Lastly, in the event that you were exposed to asbestos as a result of the negligence of another party or in the workplace, you should contact a Mesothelioma Attorney. They will be able to best assess your case to determine the liable parties and try to get you the compensation you deserve.