The Development of Mesothelioma
How long does it take to develop mesothelioma? The answer is, a long time. Mesothelioma does not occur overnight, within a week, a month or even a few years (although there have been isolated cases, such as the workers after the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11, where some people were diagnosed within five years). Mesothelioma usually takes decades to develop, between 20 and 50 years. This is one of the reasons why mesothelioma is so aggressive and deadly. By the time a patient has developed mesothelioma, he or she is usually older in age, may have other pre-existing health conditions and is diagnosed at an advanced stage of the disease.
Internal Collection of Fibers Over Decades of Exposure
Mesothelioma is a disease that usually develops over many years. It is commonly caused by exposure to asbestos. Asbestos was commonly used in products widely residential, commercial and industrial settings. Particularly in insulation, electrical and construction related products. Asbestos encompasses six different, naturally occurring mineral fibers. These fibers can separate very easily and may be hundreds of times thinner than a human hair. This allows asbestos fibers to become airborne quite easily. Once these thin asbestos fibers become airborne they can be inhaled or ingested invading the lungs or other organs of the body. Often, many people were exposed consistently over a period of time allowing the fibers collect and lead to serious illness such as lung cancer and mesothelioma.
Products that often contain asbestos include:
- Molding clay
- Adhesives/bonding agents
- Ceiling tile
- Coffee makers
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