Question: How long does it take for asbestos to cause damage to your lungs?
Answer: It takes many decades for a sufficient number of genetic mutations to occur in a mesothelium cell because of the body’s defense mechanisms that seek out and destroy defective cells. There are no visible signs or symptoms that would alert a person to the fact that they are on the path to an asbestos related disease. Mesothelioma is a life threatening disease for which there is no cure. A review of medical journals demonstrates that it takes about 20 years for a person to be ill enough to be diagnosed with an asbestos related disease, like asbestosis, and as many as 50 years after exposure for mesothelioma to be diagnosed.
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