Mesothelioma Latency Period
Mesothelioma is related to asbestos exposure and can take many years to develop. The time between initial exposure to asbestos and mesothelioma diagnosis can be between 20 and 50 years. If you've been exposed to asbestos, here are some facts you need to know about the latency period.
How The Length of Exposure Impacts the Latency Period
Once exposed to asbestos, there is an imminent risk of developing mesothelioma. According to the American Cancer Society, once exposed to asbestos, the risk does not decline, even if a person is no longer exposed. The risks are life-long. Since the latency period can be between 20 and 50 years, it can be hard to detect mesothelioma early.
What are the Risk Factors of Mesothelioma?
While the top risk factor in developing mesothelioma is asbestos exposure, here are some other associated risks:
- Zeolites - A natural mineral that is similar to asbestos in its makeup.
- Radiation - Exposure to high doses of radiation to the chest or abdomen as a treatment for other cancers could increase the risk of mesothelioma.
- SV40 Virus - Some studies indicate that the Simian Virus 40, also known as SV40, may increase the risk of developing mesothelioma. The risks associated with the SV40 virus are still being researched.
- Age - The risk of developing mesothelioma increases with age. In contrast, mesothelioma can occur in young people, even children, although it's rare. About two out of three people with mesothelioma of the chest are 65 or older.
- Gender - Mesothelioma is more common in men than in women. This is probably due to the probability that men are more likely to work jobs in areas with heavy asbestos exposure.
- Gene mutation - A mutation or change in the gene called BAP1 can be passed in families and linked to mesothelioma. However, BAP1 mutations are not common.
When You Need Help After a Mesothelioma Diagnosis
A mesothelioma diagnosis often means a long road to recovery. Not only is the medical treatment physically exhausting, but it can also put financial burdens on you and your family. When facing both medical and financial challenges, know that you are not alone. When you're unsure where to go for help, we are by your side. A mesothelioma lawsuit can help you obtain financial stability during a difficult time.
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