Developing mesothelioma after asbestos exposure is a known occurrence, yet little research is conducted to evaluate the risk period after first exposure. Scientists in Italy and Australia studied more than 20,000 people exposed to asbestos and more than 800 patients diagnosed with mesothelioma to determine the long-term risks.
Based on participants, the median exposure length was almost four years, with a median of 38 years since the first exposure. Because the chances of developing mesothelioma increases proportionally to the overall exposure, the researchers found the threat continues to grow until 45 years after the initial asbestos exposure. While the increase continues, it begins to slow after reaching this mark.
Even with the rate leveling out around 50 years, no one outlives the risk. If exposed at some point, it’s important to have regular check ups to monitor for mesothelioma or other cancer growth to ensure swift and proactive care if something develops.
To read the complete study, click this link: [Mesothelioma Risk Study]
Berry, G. et al. (2014). Mesothelioma risk after 40 years since first exposure to asbestos: a pooled analysis. Thorax. [Link]