Frequently Asked Questions: Information for Families
We are about to remodel our house. I’ve heard that we could be at risk of getting mesothelioma from the renovation work. Can that really happen?
The only proven cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos and the disease can incubate for up to 50 years before any symptoms appear. As a result of this, the disease has been referred to as the “slow killer.” By the time the symptoms manifest themselves, there is a good possibility that the disease is already in an advanced stage. Typically, if a person is exposed to asbestos in their younger years they may be in their retirement years before they are diagnosed with the disease.
If you live in an older home that was constructed during a time where asbestos was used in the construction process, and you are planning on renovating and upgrading the structure, there is a good possibility that you could be exposed to asbestos during the remodeling process. You should take all the precautions necessary so that you protect yourself and that possible exposure is minimal. The Environmental Protection Agency website has information about avoiding asbestos exposure in the home.