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Length of Time for Asbestos-related Diseases to Develop

There is now a proven connection between asbestos exposure and the development of a number of diseases, including the lung cancer mesothelioma. For a long time, however, the link wasn’t as clear. People who have been exposed to asbestos often do not develop lung disease until decades after their exposure.

If you were frequently exposed to asbestos in the past, you are at risk for developing one of these dangerous diseases. Even if you have not noticed any symptoms yet, you could develop lung cancer as much as fifty years after you were exposed to asbestos. Typically it takes a significant exposure to asbestos for cancer to develop, but asbestos was used all over the country for decades before steps were taken to ban its use.

Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma, the lung cancer caused by asbestos exposure, is extremely dangerous. It is quite different from the type of lung cancer associated with tobacco smoking, which means it has to be treated differently. Despite carrying its own risks, smoking cigarettes does not cause mesothelioma, but can increase the odds of it developing. Mesothelioma is also resistant to most cancer treatment options.

For that reason, if you worked in an environment where asbestos was present, you only stand to benefit from a medical examination. The earlier your doctor detects asbestos-related illnesses, the better your odds are to survive for a long time. Don’t wait for symptoms to develop before being screened – by then, the cancer has already grown and is affecting your health. If you detect it now, you can take steps to prevent its spread before it seriously affects your life.

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By using the resources on this web site, you can learn more about asbestos and mesothelioma. If you have been exposed to asbestos, fill out the contact form of the Mesothelioma & Asbestos Help Center today.

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