How can mesothelioma be prevented?

Here are some ways to prevent exposure to asbestos:

  • Wear protective gear at jobs that have known exposure to asbestos.
  • Leave clothes that are worn while working with asbestos at the work site.
  • Wear protective gear when doing home renovations, especially on homes built before 1980.
  • Make sure that sources of asbestos in older homes (such as insulation, roof shingles, drywall, floor tiles, and wrapping on pipes) do not crumble because of age. If these sources are to be sealed up or removed, the work should be done by workers trained to deal with asbestos.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 01/29/2016.


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