Patient :I am very afraid for my life. I didn't know anything about asbestos until today. I'm 22 and as a child I used to play with the popcorn ceiling of a family member's home (that is very old; older than 1970s) since the top bunk bed was high enough to reach it. I was at their house everyday for a couple of years. I wouldn't mess with ceiling constantly/daily. But I removed ripping pieces of the popcorn ceiling off frequently. Am I going to have lung cancer? Have I been exposed to asbestos at a high amount that I will get lung cancer?
I can understand the state of the mind you must be going through.
Read and understood the history of your exposure to the asbestos in childhood.
The dose required to get the lung cancer is very high, say like 25 fibers per milliliter of air a year .
This is possible only in the old shipyards or insulation works factories and not at household like you said.
Hence stop worrying at the moment.
I hope this answer clears your doubts.
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