Are you a recently diagnosed mesothelioma patient wondering just how you got this cancer?

The doctor likely said the word “asbestos” as an explanation, but you’re left with more questions than answers, right?

You’re not alone. Not at all.

When mesothelioma patients learn of their diagnosis, one of the first questions they have is, “How did this happen?” When they’re told that asbestos causes mesothelioma, they’re rattling their brains trying to answer their own question.

Most people can’t piece together where and when they were exposed to asbestos. Mesothelioma Guide’s website can help.

Our experts created an “asbestos exposure sites database” that lists all our known asbestos exposure locations. Patients and their loved ones can even search by city or state to connect their personal history (where they worked or lived) to places where asbestos was prevalent.

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Why You Need Expert Help to Determine Your Asbestos Exposure History

Clichés become clichés because they’re consistently accurate and relevant.

The cliché about asbestos is that it’s a “silent killer,” which is a perfect description of the mineral that causes mesothelioma.

Asbestos doesn’t make noise and isn’t noticeable to the naked eye. Fibers break off from the original source, enter the air we breathe or swallow every day, and invade our bodies. These sharp, pointed asbestos fragments penetrate cells, irritating healthy ones until they turn diseased. That process is how mesothelioma forms.

Here’s another cliché that is fitting for asbestos: The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.

For decades, asbestos was considered harmless. In the 20th century, when people worked with asbestos or lived in homes filled with the substance, many of them didn’t know anything about asbestos — much less than it was deadly.

The manufacturers of asbestos spent decades keeping the dangers secret from their workers and the general public. Any concern or consideration for asbestos was minimal or nonexistent among people regularly exposed to it. They had no clue a devil existed all around them.

Mesothelioma also doesn’t form right away. The disease takes between 20 and 50 years to develop, so a recently diagnosed patient piecing together their exposure history from decades ago is challenging. Doing so on their own is near-impossible, which is why the Mesothelioma Guide asbestos exposure site database can help.


How to Use Your Asbestos Exposure History

Most mesothelioma patients — and their family members — are left feeling helpless in the face of financial struggles. They must combat mounting medical debt as they look for treatment. They likely will deal with deteriorating health, meaning the end of full-time employment and the loss of a stable income.

As a mesothelioma patient — or the loved one of a patient — there is a massive financial toll associated with this cancer. However, you are entitled to help. You are a victim, and you shouldn’t be deserted.

Knowing your asbestos exposure history is a significant advantage toward getting this help.

After you’ve searched through our database and pinpointed your exposure location or locations, contact an experienced mesothelioma lawyer. The best asbestos attorneys will offer you a free case evaluation and use your exposure history to help you financially.

Doing so can pay for that treatment you or your loved one so desperately needs. A lawyer can help offset any lost wages you and your family incur due to this cancer.

Don’t try to fight your diagnosis and disease alone. Start with our free-to-use and simple-to-navigate asbestos exposure database. Then seek help from people who are dedicated to serving mesothelioma patients.

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About the Writer, Devin Golden

Devin Golden is the content writer for Mesothelioma Guide. He produces mesothelioma-related content on various mediums, including the Mesothelioma Guide website and social media channels. Devin's objective is to translate complex information regarding mesothelioma into informative, easily absorbable content to help patients and their loved ones.