Firefighters not only fight some of the toughest fires, but also the high risk of developing mesothelioma due to prolonged asbestos exposure. Mesothelioma is a cancer that significantly damages the lining of the lungs, abdomen and heart. A recent study conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) suggests that firefighters are twice as likely to be diagnosed with mesothelioma as the entire US population. The research also points to asbestos exposure as the primary source of mesothelioma in American firefighters.
Month: August 2015
Are men more prone to mesothelioma? Men, take a deep breath because the answer is yes.
Despite being rare in comparison to other cancers, Mesothelioma is quickly turning into a real threat – more importantly for men. In the Unites States alone, Mesothelioma has claimed more than 37,000 lives up till 2013. Studies suggest that around 3,000 cases are reported every year in American alone. 60% of these cases are diagnosed in men, which makes them four times more susceptible to Mesothelioma than women.
Research also suggests that women have almost three-times better survival chances compared to men. Around 13 percent of women with Mesothelioma live up to five years after treatment in comparison to men who have a strikingly low survival rate of 4.5 percent.