It’s Mesothelioma Awareness Day! Today, we wanted to bring you some facts about mesothelioma and asbestos. As awareness builds, so does hope for all mesothelioma patients. We hope you will help us to spread the word. Please visit our Facebook Page for more facts that you can share.
- Asbestos has been declared a “known human carcinogen,” having been commonly associated with asbestos cancer.
- The peak of asbestos use occurred from the late 1930s through the end of the 1970s.
- Though anyone who was exposed to asbestos can develop asbestos-related diseases, US Navy veterans who served during World War II and the Korean Conflict have the highest incidence of these diseases.
- Some 30 million pounds of asbestos are still used each year in the United States.
- The number one cause of occupational cancer in the United States is asbestos, even more than 30 years after its use was essentially halted. Asbestos accounts for 54 percent of all occupational cancers, according to the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization.
- Since asbestos guidelines were issued in 1979, approximately 45,000 Americans have died of asbestos-related diseases, including asbestosis and mesothelioma.
- 10,000 Americans will die this year of asbestos-related diseases (including lung cancer and mesothelioma cancer) and 200,000 are currently living with asbestosis.
- Asbestos is still mined in several countries throughout the world, including Canada, and is exported to many industrialized and developing countries.
- Asbestos can still be found in many homes, schools, and commercial or industrial buildings.
- Asbestos was once used in more than 3,000 consumer products, including common household items such as toasters and hair dryers, some of which may still be in use.
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- Mesothelioma cancer is a rare disease that attacks the cells of the tissue that lines the body cavity called the mesothelium. Its only known cause is exposure to asbestos fibers.
- The first diagnosis of mesothelioma that was conclusively linked to asbestos exposure was made in 1964.
- The number of mesothelioma cases is expected to peak worldwide around the year 2020.
- The symptoms of mesothelioma can sit dormant in the body from 20-50 years after initial exposure to asbestos.
- Among all mesothelioma cases, 75% occur within the lining of the lungs.
- New cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed in between 2,500 and 3,000 Americans each year.
- The first diagnosis of mesothelioma typically occurs in men and women between the ages of 50 and 70 years.
- Mesothelioma is much more common in men than women, due mostly to occupational asbestos exposure being more common among men of industrial labor sites.
- Recent evidence suggests that mesothelioma incidence in women may rise in the coming years as secondary exposures to asbestos can manifest in the form of a positive mesothelioma diagnosis.
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