2. Working with asbestos increases the risk
The risk of getting mesothelioma cancer increases significantly for workers who need to handle asbestos, but research indicates that even living close to an asbestos factory makes contacting the disease that much more likely. Plumbers and electricians are two of the occupations most likely to be exposed to asbestos dust or fibers in the course of their jobs. Thankfully awareness of the dangers means that these workers now usually wear protective clothing. This protection should reduce the incidence of this disease in future but since it can take up to 60 years to develop the number of new cases seems likely to continue to rise for the moment.