Washington State University
Environmental Health & Safety General Asbestos Awareness: Online Training

Mesothelioma

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  • Mesothelioma is a cancer of the lining of the lungs.
  • It is considered to be exclusively related to asbestos exposure in the United States.
    (In places such as Turkey, it is considered “endemic” due to exposure to fragments of erionite.)
  • By the time it is diagnosed, it is almost always fatal.
  • Similar to other asbestos related diseases, mesothelioma has a long latency period of 30 to 40 years.

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