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How long does mesothelioma take to develop?

Mesothelioma is known as a fast-moving cancer, with patients surviving an average of just 12 to 22 months after diagnosis. (Some survive much longer). But a paradox exists. The carcinogen that causes mesothelioma, asbestos, can remain in the body causing cellular damage for years or many decades before cells become cancerous.

The first part of the process of developing mesothelioma is slow and gradual. Fibers of asbestos become lodged in the mesothelium (thin layer of tissue surrounding internal organs) and cause irritation to cells. Their presence prompts immune responses and other changes that cause damage to cell DNA. Eventually, if a cell accumulates enough damage and isn’t eliminated by the body’s immune system, it can begin dividing uncontrollably. But it takes a long time for multiple errors to build up in a cell, and the body’s defense mechanisms mean that some defective cells are killed by the immune system or prompted to commit suicide before they can cause harm.

How long does mesothelioma take to develop?

Based on amount of asbestos exposure and their genetic defense mechanisms, a victim of asbestos exposure may develop mesothelioma exposure in 10 years, 50 years or never.
Once a cell does become cancerous, it can quickly develop into a tumor and spread to other parts of the body through the blood and lymph. Average survival rates of around 12 to 22 months for patients suggests that once a tumor starts growing, it can become deadly within only a couple of years if aggressive treatment is not pursued.

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How long does mesothelioma take to develop?

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