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Mesothelioma Statistics

  • Your risk for developing mesothelioma increases when working in an occupation where you are readily exposed to asbestos or if you served in the military.
  • The latency period for developing mesothelioma after asbestos exposure ranges from 30 to 50 years.
  • There are an estimated 2,000 to 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma each year in the United States.
  • From the 1970s to the 1990s, mesothelioma cases in the Unites States increased, then stabilized.
  • Mesothelioma cases in European countries are increasing.
  • About 3 out of 4 people with mesothelioma are over age 65.
  • Men are affected 4 times more than women.
  • The cancer is more common in whites and Hispanics than in African Americans or Asian Americans.
  • Nearly 100,000 people have died from exposure to asbestos in the United States.
  • Approximately 30 percent of mesothelioma cases are veterans.

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