07/26/2010 // New York, NY, USA // Get Cancer Answers // Cancer Answers
Asbestos exposure is a major risk factor in developing Mesothelioma Cancer. Asbestos is a fibrous mineral that was used as insulation or a fire retardant prior to the 1990’s and is still mined in foreign countries. After exposure it can take 30+ years for symptoms of Mesothelioma to appear. Factors that will determine how an individual will react to asbestos include how much they were exposed to, how long they were exposed and the chemical makeup including size and shape of the asbestos fibers.