At times, it seems as if everything related to asbestos is slow moving. An individual could inhale an asbestos fiber when they are in their 20s and it could slowly work its way deep inside their lungs. Eventually, it comes to rest and it then begins the process of creating the disease, mesothelioma that does not emerge until 20, 30 or 40 years into the future and will cause the painful death of that individual.
The disclosure of the dangers of asbestos, too proceeded at a glacial pace. Companies in England near the turn of the 20th century had already noted that workers in plants that processed asbestos or make products from it developed a lung cancer that was killing them.