The best way to prevent mesothelioma is not to be around asbestos. When possible, avoid asbestos at home, in public buildings, and at work. If there is a chance you may be exposed to asbestos, take steps to protect yourself.
If you live in a house that was built before the 1970s, there may be asbestos in the insulation or other materials. If you think that may be the case, ask an expert to check your home. Most states have their own asbestos programs. To find out if yours does, call the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at 202-566-0517 or visit http://www.epa.gov/asbestos/pubs/regioncontact.html. The EPA can also give you information on its asbestos programs.
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