Second hand mesothelioma lawsuits are on the rise. One explanation put forth is that more and more people – the wives, daughters and sons – have been exposed to the asbestos mineral fibers by male relatives who worked in asbestos-heavy industries. One prominent surgeon – Dr. Sugarbaker – says he’s been seeing more women among new patients every year, but “nobody has been able to quite pin it down.”
Apparently, the incidence of the disease overall remained largely flat at about 1 person per 100,000 from 1980 to 2008, while the rate for women held steady at roughly one-sixth that of men, according to the National Cancer Institute.
People who develop this rare form of cancer were most likely exposed to dangerous asbestos fibers while working in various industries to support their families. It is also becoming more common for the family members to develop mesothelioma from second hand asbestos exposure. It is common for the development of mesothelioma to occur 20 or sometimes even 40 years after initial exposure to asbestos. Asbestos fibers have been used in the manufacturing of a wide variety of industrial and household products in the United States and around the world.
For more on mesothelioma and asbestos, please visit the links below:
- An Overview
- Asbestos Connection
- Exposure to Asbestos
- Signs and Symptoms
- Diagnosis/Staging and Treatment
- Go To Asbestos
- Asbestos & Mesothelioma News
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