Incidence Rate of Secondhand Exposure is Gaining Momentum

September 10, 2010, Wellesley, MA –Secondhand asbestos exposure is becoming more widely known to cause mesothelioma, a rare and deadly cancer.  Secondhand asbestos exposure occurs when a person is indirectly exposed to asbestos through either a household member or the environment. 

Most people who suffer from mesothelioma have been exposed on a regular basis to asbestos, usually as a result of their occupation and work history.  These individuals may have handled asbestos directly or were in an environment with a high concentration of asbestos fibers in the air.  However, today it’s not uncommon for people to develop mesothelioma as a result of secondhand asbestos exposure.

“Most people don’t even realize that they are at risk of developing mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases as a result of secondhand exposure.  Secondhand exposure can occur from interactions as innocent as a young child hugging his/her dad when he returns from a shipyard or factory wearing clothes covered in asbestos fibers. While many factories that manufactured asbestos are no longer in business today, the deadly fibers have already contaminated the environment, leaving the spirit of those companies behind,” said James Sokolove, Chairman of Sokolove Law, one of the nation’s largest marketers of legal services

Secondhand exposure can occur as a result of the massive volumes of asbestos dust that has been released into the air, soil, and water from sources such as refineries, power plants, manufacturing plants,  shipyards, steel mills and building construction and demolition sites.  It is important to note however, that all it takes is one asbestos fiber to potentially lead to a cancer or other condition.  There are federal laws in place designed to decrease the risk of secondhand asbestos exposure in the home, but commercial standards can be less stringent.  Some workplaces may ask their employees to store and wash their street clothes separately from their work clothes.  Other facilities mandate that workers shower and change their clothes before they go home to their families. 

For more information on asbestos, visit, a resource site that is continually expanding to better provide information to those currently living with or caring for a victim of mesothelioma.     




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