For decades, the presence of asbestos has changed the lives of those diagnosed with and suffering from mesothelioma. Hard-working professionals plied their trades over the years and decades, only to discover that their diligence and dedication has left them with a serious disease.

Even everyday consumers who never worked a day in a risky environment who just happened to use seemingly harmless baby powder and other talcum products fell ill with a deadly disease.

A New Study Debunks a Long-Held Assumption

Continuous asbestos exposure over months and years was once a long-held assumption for those diagnosed with mesothelioma. However, a recent study reveals the amount of asbestos that can result in a deadly diagnosis. The revelation shows a new reality that is markedly and tragically different.

Any amount of asbestos exposure above zero over any period of time can result in one of the most severe and potentially fatal illnesses.

An abstract published by BMJ Case Reports focused on those suffering from pleural mesothelioma, a form of the disease that originates between the lung cavity and chest wall. The study claims that the slightest trace of asbestos can result in a disease that, to date, has no cure.

The seemingly harmless acts of breathing and swallowing could bring loose fibers into the body. The sharpness penetrates cells. If they remain, mutations can lead to mesothelioma. The more shards, the more once healthy cells become diseased. A single instance of exposure makes a victim susceptible to the same level of risk primarily due to the once widespread use of a mineral once hyped as a “miracle.”

Fast forward to today. Annual diagnoses continue at a rate of more than 3,000 nationally.  Miracles now come in the form of longer life spans for those suffering from mesothelioma.