Asbestos fibers’ biopersistence causes risk late in life

27 Jun 2017 by under Research/Treatment

Bauer Elementary ASBESTOS 21 100x100 Asbestos fibers biopersistence causes risk late in lifeMesothelioma is unique in the fact that it has such a long period. People who have been exposed to might not exhibit any symptoms for 20 or even 50 years before the deadly disease makes its presence known.

In fact, though it may seem counterintuitive, the chances of asbestos-exposed workers being diagnosed with mesothelioma continue to climb the further from their last exposure to asbestos. Yet another study—this time by researchers in Poland—confirmed the sobering reality, according to Surviving Mesothelioma.

“The results show that the risk of pleural mesothelioma continued to increase even after 40 years since the last exposure,” states the report. The study found people who had been last exposed 40 years ago were more than 2.5 times more likely to contract mesothelioma than those whose were last exposed five years ago.

Th study also found the risk of contracting mesothelioma was “very high” for those exposed to crocidolite or blue asbestos, and those exposed to a mixture of different types of asbestos were five times more likely to contract mesothelioma than those exposed to only chrysotile asbestos. Of course, exposure to any of the types of asbestos can lead to the development of the disease, which affects the lining of the heart, lungs or abdomen.

The odds of contracting mesothelioma over time do not decrease in part due to the biopersistence of asbestos, according to the news source. Its sharp fibers cause it to stay in the body indefinitely after exposure, triggering cancer-caused cellular inflammation.


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