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How long do you have to be exposed to asbestos to get mesothelioma?

Asbestos exposure can last anywhere from a few moments to a lifetime. Just knowing how long a time you were exposed for can’t accurately tell you your mesothelioma risk; to know that, you’d need to know how much asbestos was in the air and how much you actually breathed in, as well as your genetic risk factors. Still, it’s a key factorfor  evaluating mesothelioma risk.

There’s no clear boundary for how long you must be exposed before your mesothelioma risk goes up. For instance, although exposure that lasts one day is usually not enough, it could be in the case of catastrophic events like 9/11.  But being exposed every day for a month while working a short-term job could pose slightly higher risk.  Working in a space where you’re exposed to significant amounts of asbestos for a period of years will likely elevate your risk.

How long do you have to be exposed to asbestos to get mesothelioma?

Also key is how severe the level of exposure was during that time. For instance, carefully removing intact sheets of old asbestos insulation from a home would pose relatively little risk, while knocking the walls down with a wrecking ball would release many times more of the fibers. Many jobs in past decades and even today involved handling asbestos, but they varied greatly in how high the exposure level was.

Ultimately, what counts is how much of the substance you breathe in or swallow. Once the asbestos is in the body, it doesn’t matter whether exposure occurred for a long or short time.

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with Mesothelioma or Lung Cancer resulting from asbestos exposure, you have important legal rights and may be entitled to a cash settlement.  Please call us today to get the facts.  Toll Free 1-866-777-2557 or fill our online contact form and a lawyer will get back to you within 24 hours to answer your questions.    Operators are standing by.  We want to help you, so please make the call today.

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