A new medical study out of Australia examined the long-term impacts of asbestos exposure and highlighted the duration of the increased risk of getting mesothelioma.
Peritoneal mesothelioma and pleural mesothelioma are are almost always caused by asbestos exposure.
From a news article about this Australian study, “Mesothelioma risk endures over long-term”:
Researchers used conditional logistic regression to model the relationship between the time since first asbestos exposure and the risk of pleural mesothelioma and the rarer peritoneal mesothelioma.
They found the rate and risk of pleural mesothelioma increased until 45 years after the first exposure. After 45 years the risk rate then appeared to slow down.
However, the rate of peritoneal mesothelioma over 10-50 years continued to increase….
“The risk of mesothelioma does not appear to decline over time and this stresses that the need to prevent people being exposed to asbestos is paramount.”
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