What is Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer caused by asbestos exposure, nearly 99% mesothelioma is caused by asbestos exposure. Mesothelioma causes cancer to develop in the cells that in the lining around the outside of the lungs and inside of the ribs (pleura), or around the abdominal organs (peritoneum). Malignant mesothelioma is a serious disease caused by asbestos.

What are the causes of Mesothelioma?

Malignant mesothelioma is caused by asbestos exposure. The cancer has a latency period of 20 to 50 years. In other words there is a wide gap between initial exposure and development of the disease. The average development time is between 35 and 40 years. In rare cases the cancer has appeared in less than 20 years.

How much exposure to asbestos causes Mesothelioma?

The likelihood of getting Mesothelioma increases the longer and more intense the exposure to asbestos. However, in many cases mesothelioma appears in people with very little exposure or even simple household exposure. Some people have been diagnosed with mesothelioma 30 or 40 years after having brief exposure such as a summer construction job. There is a high incidence of people being diagnosed with mesothelioma who were exposed unknowingly in the Navy many years ago.

What materials contain Asbestos?

Most insulation materials before the mid-1970s contained asbestos.
Many other construction materials also contained asbestos.

If you or a loved one has Mesothelioma or an asbestos related disease please call 1-800-934-2921.

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