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.
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.
One of the first questions mesothelioma patients have after receiving a diagnosis is "How was I exposed to asbestos?" The fact is that many American citizens have been at risk for asbestos exposure throughout the years.