Mesothelioma can take decades to show up

On Behalf of | Nov 17, 2023 | Mesothelioma |

Mesothelioma is an aggressive type of cancer linked to asbestos exposure. It poses a significant health risk for individuals who work or have worked in environments where asbestos fibers are prevalent.

One of the distinctive features of mesothelioma is its extended latency period—the time it takes for symptoms to manifest after initial exposure.

Hidden danger

Mesothelioma is a silent threat that can remain undetected for decades. Individuals exposed to asbestos in their workplaces may experience symptoms 20 to 60 years after the initial exposure. This prolonged latency period poses challenges for early detection. It underscores the importance of proactive health monitoring for those at risk.

Mesothelioma has a well-established association with asbestos exposure. In the United States, there are around 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma diagnosed each year.

Increased risk

Companies use asbestos in tools and protective gear for its fire-resistant properties. The asbestos fibers can become airborne when disturbed. Once in the air, workers can inhale the asbestos, increasing health risks.

Construction, manufacturing, power generation and shipbuilding workers may face heightened risks of asbestos exposure. These industries have historically used asbestos-containing materials. Military personnel also have an elevated exposure risk.

Early detection

Given the lengthy latency period of mesothelioma, Georgia workers must prioritize regular health check-ups and screenings. This step is important for those with a history of asbestos exposure. Early detection can improve outcomes for those diagnosed with this aggressive cancer. The statute of limitations for filing mesothelioma lawsuits is typically two to three years after a diagnosis.

The time between exposure and symptom onset for mesothelioma highlights the need for increased awareness and proactive health monitoring. People who develop asbestos-related illnesses have several legal options to pursue compensation.