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Dr. Eric Toloza
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Mesothelioma (Definition)

A rare cancer of the lining of the lungs. Symptoms include shortness of breath, abdominal pain, and weight loss. It is usually caused by exposure to asbestos fibers. Most people exposed to asbestos, however, do not develop mesothelioma. Rather, they are at much higher risk of cancer of ...Read more


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Asbestos can cause mesothelioma and asbestosis, but how common are those diseases in those heavily exposed?

Asbestos can cause mesothelioma and asbestosis, but how common are those diseases in those heavily exposed?

Asbestos: asbestosis is fairly common in people who have sufficient exposure. Mesothelioma is very rare and takes about 50 years from the exposure to the onset of the cancer. I average diagnosing about 1 lung cancer a week but only find mesothelioma about 1 case every 3 years or so to give you an idea. ...Read more

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After so many years, are mesotheliomas and asbestos still a problem in the u.S.?

Possible: Asbestos is no longer used, still could a problem for very few who were exposed years ago. ...Read more

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Are mesothelioma and asbestos the same thing?

Asbestos exposure: Long term exposure to asbestos will cause chronic lung disease and may trigger the growth of a tumor in the chest called mesothelioma. ...Read more

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What is the chance of getting mesothelioma when exposed to asbestos?

What is the chance of getting mesothelioma when exposed to asbestos?

Increased: It depends on the type of exposure and amount of asbestos you were exposed to. Certainly asbestos is linked with mesothelioma and the risk increases if you also smoke more details can be found at this link. http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/risk/asbestos. ...Read more

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Can you get mesothelioma from being exposed to asbestos for a few hours?

Unusual: Conceivably in 20 years or so it is not an acute problem. And it usually takes lots of exposure over a longer time to actually cause mesothelioma. ...Read more

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What is the chance of getting mesothelioma when exposed to asbestos years ago?

Accurate: Statistical probability is hard to relate accurately, but the lag time frm exposure to disease is quite long. It is done by relative risk looking at cases observed versus expected, a valid but hard to understand epideiologic technique. There is no question of the validity but the absolute risk is harder to estimate. ...Read more

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If you are exposed to asbestos does it guarantee that you will develop mesothelioma?

I know that there : Are cases of mesothelioma with no asbestos exposure, and lung cancer is more common than mesothelioma. There are those heavily exposed that get neither. Alos, the lag time from exposure to disease may be as long as 30 years. ...Read more

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I was exposed to asbestos when I was in the military. Could that be how I got mesothelioma?

Yes: Asbestos exposure is by far the most common cause of mesothelioma. However, being exposed to asbestos does not mean you will get mesothelioma. Unfortunately, asbestos used to be used in many different applications so your exposure could have been from any number of places. ...Read more

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Dr. Beatrice Taylor
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Asbestos (Definition)

Asbestos is a silicate mineral that was used extensively in construction as insulation for buildings. It was later found to cause lung disease in humans, and is no longer used in construction. However, the demolition of old building continues to put some people at risk of ...Read more