Is mesothelioma contagious?

Mesothelioma, like any cancer, is not contagious. However, people who live with the persons who are exposed to asbestos are at risk of mesothelioma. This result from second-hand exposure to the asbestos dust. The asbestos dust and fibers that workers bring into the home in their clothing, shoes, hair and other belongings exposes family members to asbestos. Wives, siblings, children…..anyone who may have inhaled the dangerous dust is at risk for developing mesothelioma. Unfortunately, more and more cases of second-hand exposure to asbestos dust have resulted in diagnosis of mesothelioma for members of households where at least one member worked with the toxic mineral and brought it home on their clothes.