Is there a test for asbestos exposure?

Modern medicine is increasingly data-driven and able to offer tests for risk factors such as genes that increase risk of specific conditions. But when it comes to testing your past level of asbestos exposure, this doesn’t apply. There’s no way to test whether you’ve come into contact with the substance or to what degree fibers have built up in your body. Because of this, your best guide is your own knowledge of job sites and other situations in which you’ve been exposed.

Asbestos exposure typically takes place on the job, at sites such as asbestos mines, factories that make asbestos-containing products, construction sites and sites where old buildings are being demolished. Many of these sources of exposure have been eliminated since asbestos is no longer mined in the US and is strongly regulated. However, many people born in the 1970s or earlier have been heavily exposed in previous years of their life.

Is there a test for asbestos exposure?

How heavily you’ve been exposed is a factor of how much asbestos was released into the air in a certain context (for instance, an asbestos mine would cause high exposure, versus a job site where sheets of asbestos insulation are left intact would pose less risk), as well as how much time you spent there. In some cases, being in a workplace or living quarters with asbestos insulation can cause exposure—this was the case in some Navy ships that used extremely high levels of the substance throughout.

Anyone who knows or thinks they have had significant levels of exposure should take precautions such as informing their doctor and receiving regular checkups.

Is there a test for asbestos exposure?

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