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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)

Mesothelioma is 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?

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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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