Typically, people get exposed to asbestos in the workplace. Before studies in the 1980's discovered the deadly nature of asbestos, many industries widely used asbestos, and companies sought to cover up the dangers of handling asbestos. According to the American Cancer Society, it’s approximated that over a million employees in construction and general industries in the US encounter significant asbestos exposure while working.
Employees who may be exposed to asbestos include:
Family members of those who worked closely with asbestos are at risk of developing mesothelioma.
Asbestos fibers have proven to stick to employees hair and clothes, remain there for the years, and cause family members and close friends to get sick simply by associating with employees who worked with asbestos regularly.Normally, people who have been exposed to asbestos develop mesothelioma 20 to 60 years after the exposure, though most people who have been exposed to asbestos are never diagnosed with mesothelioma.