When a person is diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, they are quickly thrust into a whole new world of asbestos statistics. They’re told how many people are diagnosed with their disease each year, as well s the impact of asbestosis, lung cancer, and other illnesses caused by exposure to the carcinogenic material. But according to a recent study conducted by the International Commission of Occupational Health (ICOH), those numbers that they’re given don’t tell half the story – in fact, the study reveals that the impact of the deadly material is far greater than originally thought.
The study, which was published by the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, revealed that nearly 3,200 people died of malignant mesothelioma in 2016, and a total of 39,275 people died of all asbestos-related diseases. Those numbers are more than twice what had originally been estimated based on reports from governmental and non-governmental health agencies. The same is true of the global number, which was reported as almost 28,000 mesothelioma deaths and 222,321 for all asbestos-related diseases.
The exact number and breakdown of 2016 asbestos-related deaths in the United States as reported by ICOH was as follows:
- Mesothelioma: 3,161
- Laryngeal Cancer: 443
- Asbestosis: 613
- Ovarian Cancer: 787
- Lung Cancer: 34,270
Globally, the exact number and breakdown of 2016 asbestos-related deaths as reported by ICOH was as follows:
- Mesothelioma: 27,612
- Asbestosis: 3,495
- Larynx Cancer: 3,743
- Ovarian Cancer: 6,022
- Lung Cancer: 181,450
Speaking of the remarkable disparity between the numbers that were estimated and the numbers that were reported, the president of the ICOH said that the problem lies in large part with the challenges of attributing deaths to asbestos exposure. “The metrics to appropriately estimate the magnitude of asbestos-related disorders are gradually improving, and the size of the problem is increasing,” the authors wrote. “But most asbestos caused cancers are not reported, recorded and compensated for.”
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma or any other asbestos-related disease, it is easy to be discouraged. For information about how you can fight back against mesothelioma and the asbestos companies that caused your illness, contact us today at 1-800-966-2244.