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How easy is it to get Mesothelioma?
About 3,000 Americans are diagnosed with this cancer each year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The typical latency period (time between exposure to asbestos and visible symptoms) can range from 15 to 60 years. One study published in The Annals of Occupational Hygiene in 2003 analyzed 796 cases of asbestos-related disease and found that the latency period was about three years less for asbestosis versus mesothelioma. Patients with latency periods of less than 20 years were extremely rare, accounting for only 3 percent of asbestosis cases and 2 percent of mesothelioma cases.
Causes of Mesothelioma
It is caused by exposure to asbestos. Asbestos is a fiber that was once widely used in hundreds of building, industrial, commercial and housing products and is still present in millions of U.S. workplaces and homes. The disease does not appear for at least 15 years after exposure to asbestos. The risk of exposure to asbestos remains a very real danger.
For those who worked with or around asbestos products, airborne fibers can be inhaled or ingested, lodging themselves in the tissue lining the lung, chest cavity, or abdominal cavity. These fibers can stay in the body for decades before mesothelioma develops.
Exposure to asbestos, a group of microscopic mineral fibers, is the only known cause of this cancer. There are six sub-classifications of asbestos: actinolite, amosite, anthophyllite, chrysolite, crocidolite, and tremolite. Asbestos, the commercial name given to these fibers, was a valuable material in several industries, particularly steel manufacturing and shipyards, in the early to mid-20th century. Asbestos easily separates when handled, causing microscopic particles to be released into the air, posing a danger to anyone in the vicinity. A vast majority of people diagnosed with mesothelioma were exposed to asbestos on job sites.