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How Long Does it Take for Mesothelioma to Develop?

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If you have been exposed to asbestos during your lifetime, you are at risk for developing a deadly, incurable cancer known as mesothelioma. Unfortunately, mesothelioma has a latency period, meaning it takes a long time to develop. Clinical mesothelioma symptoms usually do not begin to manifest until 15 to 70 years after asbestos exposure. For this reason, mesothelioma is exceptionally rare in individuals younger than the age of 45.

The latency period for each patient is unique, so mesothelioma cancers may develop quicker in some than others. There is a direct correlation between the amount of exposure and the risk of getting mesothelioma.

Chemo Success in Mesothelioma Patients Predicted by Folic Acid Metabolism

operation-540597_427.jpgMesothelioma is an aggressive, incurable form of cancer caused by ongoing exposure to asbestos. Although it can be decades before a patient exhibits any symptoms, once they surface, the average survival rate is 18 months following an initial diagnosis. The most common form is Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma (MPM), which occurs when a tumor develops in the pleura (a thin, translucent organ that surrounds and protects the lungs). The tumor destroys the pleura, crushing the lungs and causing fluid to build up. This process typically burdens the patient with great pain, shortness of breath, and a cough.

Town Has High Hopes for Redevelopment After Asbestos Removal

The small town of Vienna, WV is one step closer to completing the cleanup of an abandoned Johns Manville plant. The former fiberglass production facility sits on 33 acres of land and has been an eyesore for the local residents since it was shut down in 2008. This has been an ongoing project that started in 2014 when the Vienna City Council approved an ordinance allowing the City to purchase the property from the previous owner, a development firm. Vienna's mayor and a city council member had the opportunity to walk through the property with a remediation specialist. It was clear that the previous owners had improperly demolished structures, leaving piles of asbestos-contaminated debris behind. The debris has been successfully removed, but there are still structures on the site that will eventually be removed, including a smokestack, an office building, and a small warehouse. Residents would eventually like to repurpose a large portion of the area for residential use.

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Photo: Mike Tewkesbury on Flickr | Taken on January 9, 2014
Abandoned Johns Manville plant in Vienna, WV

Mesothelioma Treatment Options: Clinical Trials

There are many clinical trials out there offering hope to asbestos victims. Clinical trials exist to study the safety and effectiveness of new drugs and procedures to treat the various asbestos-related diseases. 

California Mesothelioma & Cancer Medical Centers

A medical professional can help determine which one is right for you and your particular set of symptoms. Fortunately, there are mesothelioma doctors all over California. No matter where you are located in the state, there is help nearby.

We have a list of California medical centers available on our website so you can find a doctor close to you. Here are a few doctors to get you started on your search:

Infographic: Asbestos Timeline

Have you ever wondered when people began using asbestos in different products? It might surprise you to learn that ancient Egyptians, Persians, and Romans thought the naturally-occurring substance was perfect for textiles, pottery, and more.

Resources for Veterans Diagnosed with Mesothelioma

For many veterans and their families, receiving a mesothelioma diagnosis is devastating. The cancer might have been developing in their bodies for years or decades, and there is still no known cure for the asbestos-related disease.

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If you are wondering what the next step after diagnosis is, there are several resources you can utilize on our website that will help guide you:

Asbestos Use in the United States Military

It might come as a surprise to learn that a loved one was exposed to asbestos during their time of service in one of the United States Military branches. For many veterans, this exposure remains unknown until they are diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, like mesothelioma.

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Let' take a look at how asbestos was used in the Air Force, Army, and Navy before it was finally declared a hazard to human health in the late 1970's:

Celebrating Veterans during SF Fleet Week

San Francisco Fleet Week is an annual public event that honors the contributions of the men and women of the United States Armed Forces while advancing cooperation and knowledge among civilian- and military-based Humanitarian Assistance personnel.

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Fleet Week in San Francisco is one of the most exciting times of the year in the Bay Area. Since 1981, San Francisco has set a magnificent example for other Fleet Weeks across the nation.

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Mesothelioma Symptoms 101

If you have held a position at high risk for mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure on the job, you might be beginning to experience severe symptoms of the disease. Mesothelioma symptoms can have a latency period of up to seventy years. It can go undetected for years or decades, and symptoms are often mistaken for those of other respiratory conditions.