When exposed to asbestos, there is always a risk of the development of mesothelioma later in life. This can often take decades to happen, so any level of exposure, especially early in life, can be very problematic.
All that being said, it is important to consider what factors can influence this development within each individual. Not everyone who is exposed will get mesothelioma. So why do some people develop the disease when others do not?
The length of that exposure
First and foremost, the length of exposure matters. The longer you are exposed, the greater the risk. The quantity of asbestos exposure is also important. Experts note that “people exposed at an early age, for a long time, and at higher levels are more likely to develop this cancer.”
Another factor that may play a role is the person’s genes. It is thought that some people may be more susceptible to mesothelioma than others. This means that the same level of exposure to two individuals could result in mesothelioma in one but not have that long-term effect on the other. This is why it’s never wise to assume that any level of exposure is safe. Even if it doesn’t affect someone else, it could affect you.
Furthermore, some studies have determined that having radiation treatments during your life may make it more likely that you will get mesothelioma if you do end up being exposed to asbestos later. If you had another type of cancer that you’ve been treated for in the past, that could increase your risks.
What options do you have?
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you absolutely need to know what legal options you have. There are treatment options, but this can be expensive and it can have a drastic impact on your life and your family’s life.