Second Hand Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma

OncoLink Team
The Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania
Last Modified: May 7, 2013


If I worked in a factory that had asbestos, is it true that my family could be at risk too?


Joe Friedberg, MD, Thoracic Surgeon at Penn Medicine, responds:

Yes, unfortunately, second hand asbestos exposure is a common cause of mesothelioma. The asbestos fibers can be carried home on clothes, and family members can be exposed.

This question and answer was part of the OncoLink Brown Bag Chat Series. View the transcript from the Focus on Mesothelioma webchat.


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