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How Much Asbestos Causes Mesothelioma?

What You Need to Know If You Have Been Exposed to Asbestos

Any exposure to asbestos can be harmful and presents a significant risk of serious illness or even death. Asbestos exposure is the primary cause of mesothelioma. Even at very low levels, exposure to the toxic substance can cause a person to develop cancer or other devastating health conditions.

At Bailey Cowan Heckaman, we are experienced lawyers that have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of mesothelioma victims nationwide. Our legal team is well-versed in handling even the most complex cases and will fight to ensure you receive the money you are owed. If you were diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related illness, contact our office at (888) 367-7160 to schedule a free consultation. 

What Causes Mesothelioma?

According to the Abramson Cancer Center at Penn Medicine, asbestos exposure is the leading cause of mesothelioma. It accounts for up to 80% of all mesothelioma cases. The people most at risk for asbestos exposure are individuals working in construction and manufacturing. However, individuals living in a household with someone working in these industries may also be at risk for secondary asbestos exposure. 

Types of mesothelioma:

  • Pericardial mesothelioma (heart)
  • Peritoneal mesothelioma (abdomen)
  • Pleural mesothelioma (lungs)
  • Testicular mesothelioma

It is strongly recommended that you consult with a mesothelioma lawyer if you have been diagnosed with one of these conditions. A lawyer can help determine whether you have a valid claim for damages and will help you take legal action.

How Much Asbestos Will Cause Mesothelioma?

Exposure to any amount of asbestos is dangerous. As noted by the American Cancer Society, multiple agencies have classified asbestos as a human carcinogen or a cancer-causing substance. While it is true that the more asbestos you are exposed to, the greater the risk of developing a serious illness, even small amounts of asbestos can result in the development of mesothelioma.

How Long After Asbestos Exposure Will Someone Get Sick?

The time period between asbestos exposure and the onset of mesothelioma symptoms can be years if not decades. The Abramson Cancer Center explains that mesothelioma can take anywhere from 15 to 50 years to develop after asbestos exposure. 

How Does Asbestos Exposure Happen?

Asbestos exposure is one of the most common causes of occupation-related cancers in the country. It happens when asbestos fibers are disturbed and released into the atmosphere. A person then inhales or swallows the fibers. An individual may also experience secondhand exposure if they handle the clothing of a person who was directly exposed to asbestos. 

Diagnosed with Mesothelioma? Contact Our Office.

Were you diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related illness? You might be entitled to compensation. It is important to consult with an attorney to determine the best course of action. 
Contact our office at (888) 367-7160 to schedule a free case consultation. Our legal team will help walk you through the process and fight to hold those responsible accountable for their wrongdoing. Asbestos exposure is not only dangerous, it can prove deadly. It is important to act quickly to ensure you receive the recovery you deserve. Call now to get started.

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