Because the latency period for mesothelioma can vary from patient to patient, so too does the age of onset of the disease vary.
However, most adult mesothelioma cases are diagnosed in patients between the ages of 40 and into their 60s. Child mesothelioma, while rare, does occur in 2 to 5 percent of malignant mesothelioma diagnoses.
A shorter latency period may occur if a patient has had a higher exposure to asbestos. Many of the people who have a short latency period were exposed to asbestos on the job. This is especially true of people with occupations in shipyards, as well as the asbestos and insulation industries.
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