How can I lower my risk of mesothelioma?

There is no guaranteed way to prevent mesothelioma or pleural disease. However, there are steps people can take to reduce their risk of developing the disease:
  • Avoid asbestos exposure. Individuals who work with asbestos should all use protective equipment, such as respirators or coveralls, provided by their employers, and follow recommended workplace practices and safety procedures. To avoid bringing asbestos particles home, workers should shower and change clothes before they leave work, store their street clothes in a separate area of the workplace and wash their work clothes separately from other laundry at home.
  • Quitting smoking can decrease the risk of developing lung cancer, which has been associated with asbestos exposure.
People who feel they are at risk may benefit from consulting with a risk assessment specialist.

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