Mesothelioma is one of the most serious health dangers associated with asbestos, the commercial term given to a group of naturally occurring silicate mineral fibers. Below are some facts that support the now-proven link between mesothelioma and asbestos, which dates back many centuries.
- Evidence of a link between mesothelioma and asbestos dates to the 1st century A.D., when the Roman historian, Pliny the Elder, noted that asbestos miners were dying at a younger age than other slaves.
- In the 1960s, researchers identified a link between occupational crocidolite asbestos exposure in South African miners and the development of mesothelioma decades later.
- Although the risks of asbestos exposure were first documented in the 1920s, it was not until the 1980s that industries began curbing the use of asbestos.
- Asbestos causes mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses when its tiny fibers are swallowed or inhaled. The fibers become embedded in tissue, causing serious scarring that leads to a number of life-threatening health complications.
- Between 70% and 90% of patients who develop mesothelioma were exposed to asbestos, typically through their place of work.
- Following exposure to asbestos mesothelioma symptoms may take between 15 and 50 years to develop. As a result, many patients aren’t diagnosed until their disease is in the advanced stages.
- According to the American Cancer Society, the asbestos “risk appears to be lifelong and undiminished.” This means that following exposure to asbestos mesothelioma may develop at any time.
- Secondhand exposure from asbestos can cause mesothelioma. This occurs when workers carry home asbestos dust on their shoes or clothing and expose their household members to the toxic substance.
- The risk of developing mesothelioma from asbestos exposure is affected by a number of factors, including how much asbestos one was exposed to, the duration of exposure, and the type of asbestos.
- Industries that involve exposure to asbestos and a higher risk of mesothelioma include chemical, power and aluminum plants; oil refineries; shipyards; steel mills; and construction sites.
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