Women and Asbestos Exposure
Many people associate asbestos exposure with occupations that were primarily dominated by men. While it is true that asbestos was a common material in the shipping, construction, and automotive industries, men are not the only ones who are developing asbestos-related diseases. This is because many women were also exposed to the carcinogen as a result of their jobs and various other circumstances.
Asbestos and School Construction
Because asbestos was once seen as a material that made buildings safer with its insulating properties, it was often used in many different areas of school buildings. Asbestos was added to vinyl flooring, counter tops, wall insulation, and ceiling tiles in order to protect the children and teachers from fire, electricity, heat, and chemicals.
However, this also means that some women who worked as school teachers and administrators suffered from years of asbestos exposure. Sadly, even one single encounter with asbestos can contribute to mesothelioma, so a lifelong career in a school building could have resulted in a large amount of exposure.
Secondhand Asbestos Exposure
Just like secondhand smoke, secondhand asbestos exposure can carry just as much danger as firsthand exposure. When husbands came home from their asbestos-related careers, their wives often took their laundry, cleaning it for another day. In handling the clothes, the asbestos fibers that got trapped in the fabric over the course of the men’s workdays came into contact with the housewives.
Both firsthand and secondhand exposure to asbestos can give women mesothelioma, lung cancer, gastrointestinal cancers, or possibly even ovarian cancer. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and need more information to help you understand your disorder, please fill out the contact form on the top right-hand corner of the page today.