Is mesothelioma contagious?

On Behalf of | Mar 16, 2022 | Asbestos & Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a very dangerous disease, and it is often aggressive and has fatal ramifications. You also know that it can spread within someone’s body. For instance, it can start in the chest cavity and spread throughout the related organs.

If you’re caring for a loved one who has mesothelioma, this may make you wonder if it could also spread to you. Is this a contagious disease and do you need to be worried about being around them?

Mesothelioma is not contagious

Though you are in a tough situation caring for your loved one, there is good news. This disease is not contagious and you do not have to worry about catching it. Even though it can spread within the body of someone who is already ill, it does not spread to another person.

Remember, mesothelioma is always caused by outside factors. In the vast majority of cases, this means asbestos exposure. A person who is exposed can get it, but someone who is not exposed to those particles will not develop mesothelioma at a later date.

The other issues that cause mesothelioma in more rare cases are also exterior factors, such as radiation. Again, you don’t have to worry about this as a caretaker. You could potentially also develop mesothelioma if you’re in an environment where you’re being exposed to asbestos and other types of issues, but you’re not going to get it from your loved one.

What steps can you take if your loved one has mesothelioma?

If your loved one is facing serious medical expenses or if they’ve even passed away and your family has been left with these costs, you need to know exactly what legal steps you can take to seek proper compensation.