Mesothelioma StatisticsMesothelioma is a tricky disease because it can be so hard to diagnose. Millions of people could have mesothelioma, and simply think they're sick or have stomach aches all the time.
The only thing we can be sure of is the number of people who die from a mesothelioma cancer tumor that was found. There are currently around 2,000 - 3,000 people a year in the US who die from proven cases of mesothelioma. But because it can take 30-50 years for mesothelioma to become active and troublesome, we are just now starting to see the end result from the huge use of asbestos between the 1950s and 1970s. As we become better at diagnosing the issue, we will find more and more cases that we had previously thought were unrelated illnesses.
Because many of the exposures happened in factories, men tend to have a higher rate of mesothelioma than women do. This is not thought to be because "men get it more easily". This is thought to happen because men tend to work in factories more frequently then women do.
One famous (or infamous) location is the W.R. Grace mine in Libby, Montana. The mine dug up vermiculite - meaning that tiny bits of vermiculite were in the air everywhere. Many, many mine workers got sick as a result. The vermiculite was then sent to other locations for further processing - and pretty much each of those locations also had its own mini-hotbed of sickness.
In a news report from Australia, they expect cases of Mesothelioma to peak in 2010 based on when they began to ban asbestos. After 2010, they expect cases to keep falling because no new exposures should be taking place.
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NOTE: I am not a doctor - please always talk to a doctor if you are not feeling well or have medical questions!
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