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Can you get mesothelioma from a single exposure?

It’s rare for carcinogenic substances to make people sick in a single incident, and asbestos is no exception. Just as you won’ get lung cancer from chain-smoking for a single day, you likely can’t get mesothelioma from even a large single exposure. Most victims of the disease had jobs that involved years’ worth of asbestos exposure. Still, there are exceptions.

The September 11th attacks are the best known example of massive short-term asbestos exposure. The towers were constructed with 400 tons of the carcinogenic mineral, although use of the substance was discontinued partway through construction as its dangers became better known. The destruction of the towers released the fibers in a cloud around the city, affecting rescue workers, firefighters, truck drivers, cleanup crew and other on-site personnel as well as people who worked nearby.

Can you get mesothelioma from a single exposure?

Although it often takes 20 to 50 years for mesothelioma to develop, rescue workers have developed the disease in five years or less after the event; one worker died of mesothelioma in 2004. This suggests the exposure levels suffered by rescue workers were massive, and it’s likely that many more people who were on the scene will develop the cancer (as well as other disorders related to the toxic substances they inhaled). While an extreme example, this shows that even short exposure can result in a lethal dose of asbestos.

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