Stages of Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma is a devastating disease that can progress quickly. There is a long latency period associated with mesothelioma, meaning that symptoms can take as many as 10 to 50 years to appear. Latency periods vary between each case of mesothelioma and depend on a number of factors such as age and length of time an individual was exposed to asbestos.
Mesothelioma is virtually only caused by exposure to asbestos. You can be at risk of developing mesothelioma even without direct exposure. Simply working near asbestos, or living with someone who works near the mineral, can be enough to encounter dangerous levels of exposure.