When should you expect mesothelioma to develop following asbestos exposure?

On Behalf of | Jun 26, 2024 | Asbestos Exposure & Claims

Sometimes, proving a causative relationship between a medical issue and external factors is simple. For instance, it is easy to see the consequence of blunt force trauma if it breaks a bone or if it causes a bruise. Similarly, you may know immediately that you at something contaminated with bacteria if you experience distressing digestive symptoms within a day or two.

There are times, however, when there is a significant gap between your interaction or exposure to a substance and the development of medical symptoms resulting from it. This is one of the reasons it took a long time to establish the actual dangers of asbestos exposure. Mesothelioma, one of the most dangerous conditions resulting from asbestos exposure, takes a very long time to develop.

Mesothelioma and asbestos exposure

Mesothelioma is an aggressive and deadly form of cancer, and asbestos exposure is one of its primary causes. Those who work as asbestos miners and those who encounter asbestos fibers, such as electricians, plumbers, pipefitters, insulators, shipyard workers and the like, are at risk for developing this disease.

It takes decades for mesothelioma to develop

It usually takes at least 20 years for people to start presenting noticeable symptoms of mesothelioma following constant exposure to asbestos. This means that someone in their twenties who works with asbestos might only develop mesothelioma once they are in the prime of their career or when they are preparing for retirement.

Even if it has been some time since your asbestos exposure, it is ideal that you monitor yourself for symptoms. These may include painful coughing, chest pain, shortness of breath and sudden weight loss for no apparent reason. It would be best to watch out for unusual lumps of tissue under the skin on your chest. You may also experience abdominal pain and swelling, as well as nausea.

Informing your primary care physician of your symptoms and risk factors may be crucial in getting you the appropriate and prompt treatment.

Working with asbestos can be extremely dangerous. If there is asbestos exposure at work, you must take the necessary steps to protect yourself medically and financially. An experienced attorney may help you understand your rights and legal options.



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