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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?
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
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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.

In brief: 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.
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