Mesothelioma has a notoriously long latency period, the technical term for the time between exposure to a harmful substance, such as asbestos, and the appearance of effects. We are not actually sure what the longest delay between exposure and the appearance of the condition. Some instances have been reported to be as long as 70 years. However, most times mesothelioma is detected about 30-40 years after exposure to asbestos.
The period between exposure and detection is lengthened by the delay people sometimes experience in reporting symptoms. The early symptoms of mesothelioma are often mild and generic, and may include fatigue, persistent cough, and mild discomfort. When people begin to experience a significant shortness in breath caused by fluid buildup around the lungs, people perceive the seriousness of their symptoms and seek care. However, by this time, the condition is often advanced and treatment options are limited.
If you have ever worked in an industry where you were exposed to asbestos, it’s important to talk to your doctor about even relatively minor symptoms and have them checked out.
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