Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that is almost always caused by exposure to asbestos. In Alaska, most people who develop mesothelioma have worked on jobs where they inhaled asbestos particles or they have been exposed to asbestos dust and fiber by secondhand exposure. There is some evidence that family members and others living with asbestos workers have an increased risk of developing mesothelioma and possibly other asbestos-related diseases. This risk may be the result of exposure to asbestos dust brought home on the clothing and hair of asbestos workers.
To reduce the chance of exposing family members to asbestos fibers, asbestos workers are usually required to shower and change their clothing before leaving the workplace. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) set a standard across the board for acceptable levels of asbestos exposure in the workplace. People who work with asbestos have to wear protective gear and equipment to lower their risk of exposure.
If you know that you have been exposed to carcinogenic particles, it is critical that you seek diagnosis and treatment as soon as possible. You should also visit a mesothelioma attorney in Alaska and take action so that you can receive a fair compensation for your pain and suffering.
According to reports, Alaska has the lowest death rate resulting from mesothelioma in the United States. While the death rate is fairly low, this does not hide the fact that there have been lots of mesothelioma cases diagnosed in Alaska. The number of people who have been exposed to asbestos have not been accurately determined because people are not even aware that they have contracted this deadly disease as symptoms may not appear 20-30 years after the initial exposure to asbestos.
A survey conducted by the Industry and Occupation Statistics in 2007 revealed that the disease affects more people age 30 to 40. People working in industries such as construction, railroad, shipyard, manufacturing and automobile industries are also at a higher risk of developing. Individuals who have had second hand exposure to asbestos can also be at risk for asbestos-related diseases.