Anything that increases your chance of getting mesothelioma is a risk factor. The only known risk factor for mesothelioma is contact with asbestos. It is more common in men, mainly those between 45 and 85 years old.
Not everyone with risk factors gets mesothelioma. However, if you have been exposed to asbestos, it’s a good idea to tell your doctor.
The best way to prevent mesothelioma is to avoid being near asbestos. If you have been exposed to asbestos, watch for symptoms and speak to your doctor.