- 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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