Statistics show that about 2,000 to 3,000 new mesothelioma cases are diagnosed each year. While mesothelioma is still relatively uncommon, statistics predict that the incidence of mesothelioma will steadily rise over the next 10 years. 

There are three different types of mesothelioma. Pleural mesothelioma, which affects the lining around the lungs, accounts for approximately 70% of all diagnosed mesothelioma cases. Next, peritoneal mesothelioma affects the lining surrounding the abdominal cavity, and accounts for about 20% of all mesothelioma cases. Finally, pericardial mesothelioma affects the lining around the heart and accounts for around 10% of all mesothelioma cases.

According to statistics, about 70 to 80 percent of all mesothelioma cases are caused by asbestos exposure. Typically, mesothelioma takes 10 to 50 years to develop, and during this latency period, sufferers may have no symptoms. In addition, mesothelioma occurs more often in men than in women and risk increases with age. However, this disease can appear in either men or women at any age.

Mesothelioma Statistics by Industry & Occupation

Many jobs involve a high risk of asbestos exposure. In fact, statistics suggest that more than 1.3 million workers in the construction industry are exposed to asbestos each year. Workers in the following professions face an increased risk for asbestos exposure:

  • mining
  • railroad
  • manufacturing
  • automobile-related
  • shipyard

Mesothelioma Prognosis & Survival Statistics

After diagnosis, statistics show that most mesothelioma patients live less than one year. In fact, some statistics suggests that only about 10% of all people diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma will survive for three years. However, mesothelioma survival rate statistics are generally unreliable because mesothelioma is rare, and most mesothelioma patients are diagnosed when the disease is already advanced.

Cancer treatment centers that specialize in treating mesothelioma often have better survival rate statitics than general mesothelioma statistics report. For example, the five year mesothelioma survival rate is approaching 40% at Brigham and Women’s Center in Boston. However, this particular mesothelioma treatment program only accepts patients with early-stage mesothelioma. As a result, these statistics do not necessarily contradict the general mesothelioma life-expectancy statistics.

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Published November 17, 2011 by