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

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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Exposed myself & family to asbestos dust on weekend (accidently) for approx. 8 hrs. Are we likely to get mesothelioma. Are chances as low as car crash?

Lower: It generally takes a whole lot of exposure to asbestos to develop mesothelioma (we're talking years of exposure). It also depends on what type of asbestos you were exposed to. I wouldn't sweat it. ...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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Cut into asbestos tile and linoleum with a circular saw on two separate occasions.What are my chances of getting Mesothelioma in the future?

Pretty low, if: these were the only two episodes of exposure. Most of victims of mesothelioma had repeated exposure in their occupations. But you should get an asbestos professional with proper equipment to do this type of work. ...Read more

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Work in VERY old bldng at a desk.Bldng has modern air cndtng unit,but frame is original.If asbestos is in walls,etc,will i get mesothelioma from air?

Test: Depending on the age of the building, materials used, and condition of the building you may be at some slight risk. Testing is available and if performed would help confirm or allay your fears as well as protect others in the building. You may want to check as testing may have already been done when they put in the new air conditioning system depending on local regulations. ...Read more

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My 2 years old was exposed to asbestos insulation from old heater for 2 months . How high is her chance of developing mesothelioma from this exposure?

Not very high!: Although personal injury attorneys would have you believe that trivial asbestos exposure will doom you to mesothelioma, in fact, it took fairly heavy long term exposure typically in shipyard workers to produce this effect. Furthermore, most victims were also heavy smokers. So unless your daughter was showered with asbestos fragments her risk is likely rather low. Keep her from 2nd hand smoke! ...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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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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Can working around airborne asbestos for a total o 6 hours be enough to cause asbestos or mesothelioma? I was 24 now in 37

Unlikely: Prolonged exposure was the usual in the mines or navy. Report the exposure to your doc when you get your xrays. ...Read more

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Do navy ships and navy shipyards still have lots of asbestos or is that a thing of the past? I always see ex navy members with mesothelioma on tv

As you likely know,: the US Navy and other ship builders used asbestos extensively before its dangers were known..pre-1980. The Navy has taken action to remove asbestos, though this process is tedious and hazardous. Despite current abatement efforts, asbestos does remain on ships today. ...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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If you are exposed to asbestos, does it guarantee that you will develop mesothelioma, or do you have to smoke too?

Well posed ?'s!: Not all that are exposed get meso, in fact very few. No "dose response", meaning those heavily exposed ma not get it; other's washing their miner husband clothes do...Lag time is long: 20-30 years; and smoking and asbestos do seem to co-conspire to cause both lung and mesothelioma. There are cases with no known exposure to either, and some with just asbestosis. ...Read more

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


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