Given the limited amount of asbestos exposure needed to cause mesothelioma — just several months, in some instances (as compared to five years or more of working with or around asbestos-containing products for asbestosis and asbestos-related lung cancer) — many different types of people have developed mesothelioma.
In addition, the long latency period, i.e., delay from exposure to diagnosis, for mesothelioma — 10 years to 50 years — means that some people who are diagnosed with mesothelioma do not fit the traditional asbestos case profile, e.g., a construction trades worker who handled asbestos thermal insulation products.
For the past several years we have posted mesothelioma case reports about deaths from around the state of North Carolina caused by mesothelioma. By reviewing this list of North Carolina Mesothelioma Case Reports one can see the diversity of those people who been diagnosed with mesothelioma.
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