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What is the latency period of the disease?

The latency period is the time interval between the initial exposure to asbestos and the definitive diagnosis. For mesothelioma, the latency period is usually of 20 to 50 years and recent studies have established a median of 30 to 45 years. Normally, the shortest latency period is 10 to 15 years and the longest one is more than 50 years. However, this period depends on several factors like duration of the exposure and the gender of the patient.

It is important to know that because of this time interval, most of the patients are diagnosed with mesothelioma in their 60s or even 70s.

We wanted a resource where people who are looking for better help can find it, because one of the issues that I have found is that the diagnosis takes a little bit, some people don’t know if they are diagnosed or not. This is something that it is important enough, that is why I wanted to put the information together.