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Asbestos strongly linked to mesothelioma

Individuals in Georgia may be at risk for getting mesothelioma if they are exposed to asbestos for too long a period. This was one of the conclusions reached in a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. Individuals who are exposed to asbestos at work for more than 20 years are 5.4 times more likely to get the condition.

However, individuals could experience a risk of getting mesothelioma after working for as little as a year in an environment that contains asbestos. While researchers are not sure that asbestos is the only strong risk factor for getting this type of illness, it does appear to be the most obvious. Of course, it's important to understand that a risk factor does not cause a person to get sick. Instead, it simply increases the chances that a person could get sick in certain conditions.

According to the World Health Organization, there is no amount of asbestos exposure that's safe. Another critical risk factor for getting mesothelioma is the person's sex; men are more likely to get sick. However, scientists acknowledge that many factors can come into play as it relates to a person getting this type of illness.

An individual who is diagnosed with mesothelioma may experience poor health or even death. This may be true regardless of how quickly it is diagnosed. Someone who gets sick because of asbestos exposure at work could take legal action against an employer. An attorney may advise a person of his or her rights and develop a strategy to hopefully resolve the matter in a worker's favor. If successful, a person may be entitled to compensation for medical bills.

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