Time from Exposure to Development of Mesothelioma

OncoLink Team
The Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania
Last Modified: May 7, 2013


How long after being exposed to asbestos does mesothelioma take to develop?


Joe Friedberg, MD, Thoracic Surgeon at Penn Medicine, responds:

Most patients have an exposure to asbestos at least 10 years before their cancer developed, and usually twenty-five or more years after exposure. However, mesothelioma can even develop 50 years after asbestos exposure. Learn more about exposure and the development of mesothelioma on OncoLink.

This question and answer was part of the OncoLink Brown Bag Chat Series. View the transcript from the Focus on Mesothelioma webchat.