Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that is linked to exposure to asbestos. In the past, those most at risk of mesothelioma were construction workers and other workers exposed to raw asbestos materials. These materials were at peak use during the 1960’s and 70’s, until safety regulations resulted in a sharp decline. Unfortunately, it was too late for many workers.
If you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you were likely exposed to asbestos in your workplace or home. Throughout the 20th century, asbestos was used widely in industry, the military, and construction. Even after asbestos was deemed hazardous, many companies continued to use the material. Today, federal law does not permit manufactured products to contain more than 1% asbestos, but that