Exposure to asbestos may not always cause mesothelioma. A history of heavy asbestos exposure may still only cause less than 10% to develop mesothelioma, yet the number reaches 80% for those developing pleural mesothelioma. It’s very clear that exposure to asbestos increases the risk of mesothelioma.
It’s not unusual for cases of mesothelioma being recorded as the result of secondary exposure, i.e. family members of workers who came into contact with asbestos and brought it home on their clothing, skin or hair, or affecting those who lived in close proximity to sources of asbestos found in heavy industry.
As a result of radical improvement in asbestos awareness, research has shown that there is a definite link between exposure to asbestos particles and asbestos-related diseases, especially within the workplace. However, there is ongoing debate as to just ‘how much of a risk is present’ in environments where asbestos fibres are discovered.
Some of the factors relating to asbestos exposure can vary considerably. The variables being fibre sizes and types, duration and level of exposure and the type of asbestos-related disease, and are all known difficulties to defining absolute cause and effect relating to exposure and signs of asbestosis symptoms.
The inhaling of asbestos fibres have been shown to develop health conditions such as asbestosis, mesothelioma, and lung cancer. But the question still exists as to which asbestos types pose a greater risk of asbestos-related disease, to what degree, and which exposure conditions present this risk.
The use of the term ‘asbestos’, is a generic term used to denote various asbestos fibres with different toxic characteristics and tendencies that cause related diseases.
Extensive studies of asbestos particles clearly show the connection between instances of asbestos disease and suspected factors, however, limited data exists to precisely tabulate the level of risk against level of exposure. Other possible contributing factors could also be a history of smoking or other lifestyle practices.
Obtaining informed and detailed asbestos advice, which may also assist with establishing full medical diagnoses is always essential in the pursuance of a possible specific mesothelioma claim or general asbestos compensation.