24 Mesothelioma and Asbestos Lung Cancer Facts

The United States government did not start tracking mesothelioma as a unique cause of death until 1999, thus the statistical results earlier than 1999 include estimates. Below are twenty-four facts about Mesothelioma and asbestos lung cancer diagnoses, mortality, treatment, exposure, and lawsuits.

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Mesothelioma diagnosis

  1. Compared to women, men are five times more likely to be diagnosed with mesothelioma.
  2. Every year, more than ten thousand people throughout the world are diagnosed with mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases.
  3. In the United States, approximately 2,000 to 3,000 cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed each year.
  4. Smokers exposed to asbestos are 90% more likely to develop mesothelioma than non-smokers who come in contact with asbestos.
  5. Currently, 75% of mesothelioma victims are over sixty-five years old.
  6. Mesothelioma may not show symptoms, or remain dormant in the body for fifteen to fifty years before being detected.
  7. Mesothelioma diagnoses in patients aged twenty to thirty are increasing.
  8. Worldwide, mesothelioma occurs in approximately nine out of every one million people.
  9. Each year, the incidence rate of mesothelioma diagnoses is approximately 1 in every 106,571 Americans.
  10. The number of male mesothelioma diagnoses between 2003 and 2054 is expected to reach 71,000.

Mesothelioma mortality

  1. In 1999 researchers determined more than one-third of mesothelioma fatalities were persons who resided in California, Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio and New York.
  2. 10% of those diagnosed with mesothelioma live five years or longer.
  3. Average survival time after mesothelioma diagnosis is one year.
  4. Scientists estimate by the year 2030 asbestos will have caused 60,000 instances of mesothelioma and around 250,000 other asbestos-related cancers that result in death.
  5. The mesothelioma death rate for asbestos insulation workers is 344 times as great as the general population.
  6. Most mesothelioma victims succumb to the disease within eighteen months of the diagnosis.
  7. More than 7,500 mesothelioma-related fatalities occurred in the United States between 1999 and 2001.

Mesothelioma treatment

Image of Lungs with MesotheliomaMesothelioma treatment is prohibitively expensive, and often requires outside financial support. Treatment may cost between $400,000 and $800,000.

Mesothelioma lawsuits

More than 500,000 asbestos exposure / mesothelioma lawsuits have been filed in the United States.

Asbestos exposure

  1. It is estimated 125 million workers throughout the world are exposed to asbestos on the job.
  2. 1.3 million Workers in the construction industry are exposed to dangerous levels of asbestos each year.
  3. eight million people in the United States have been exposed to asbestos.
  4. It is estimated more than 110,000 schools in the United States still contain some form of asbestos.
  5. 45% of men with mesothelioma have had a history of asbestos exposure and 53% have had a history of occupational asbestos exposure.
  6. It is estimated 100,000 to 300,000 teachers have potentially been exposed to airborne asbestos.
  7. In one study of 1,664 asbestos factory employees and their families, five household members died of diseases related to indirect (secondary) asbestos exposure.

Asbestos Lung Cancer Mortality

Asbestosis-related fatalities increased from 77 deaths in 1986 to 1,493 deaths in 2000.

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