Risk of developing an asbestos-related disease.

Several factors can help to determine how asbestos exposure affects an individual, including

Dose (how much asbestos an individual was exposed to).
Duration (how long an individual was exposed).
Size, shape, and chemical makeup of the asbestos fibers.
Source of the exposure.
Individual risk factors, such as smoking and pre-existing lung disease.
Although all forms of asbestos are considered hazardous, different types of asbestos fibers may be associated with different health risks. For example, the results of several studies suggest that amphibole forms of asbestos may be more harmful than chrysotile, particularly for mesothelioma risk, because they tend to stay in the lungs for a longer period of time.

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