Mesothelioma cancer information that matters to any worker concerned about asbestos exposure on the job
October 29, 2010 – When it comes to malignant mesothelioma, the signature asbestos-related cancer, there are many matters of concern. Not the least of which is that one of the world’s deadliest diseases is easily preventable.
Contracted through occupational asbestos exposure, the approximate 18,000 workers who died between 1999 and 2005 of asbestos exposure and mesothelioma would be alive today had employers and asbestos product manufacturers shared the information they had on the material's toxicity and invested in safe working conditions.
According to the Centers For Disease Control (CDC), the number of malignant mesothelioma cases are expected to peak in the United States in 2010.
Most cases are caused by job-related asbestos exposure that occurred decades earlier in industries known to utilize asbestos-based products. Workers in the construction, automobile and shipyard repair industries have been the most susceptible.
Once diagnosed, the mesothelioma prognosis is often grim and mesothelioma treatment options are limited because the disease is often caught in a late stage of development.
Mesothelioma matters of concern
Mesothelioma facts provided by the CDC reveal the following disturbing trends for the period between 1999 and 2005:
The six states with the highest mesothelioma death rates were Maine, Wyoming, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Washington;
A total of 18,068 malignant mesothelioma deaths were reported between 1999 and 2005, an average of 3,000 deaths per year;
The greatest number of mesothelioma deaths occurred among those 75 years or older;
More than 80 percent of the deaths (14,591) involved men diagnosed with mesothelioma;
The number of mesothelioma deaths increased 8.9 percent between 1999 and 2005, from 2,482 in 1999 to 2,704 in 2005, despite the fact that the annual death rate in the United States remained stable at around 14 per million people.
History shows that asbestos awareness saves lives. That’s why Weitz & Luxenberg would like to support the above mesothelioma facts with hard news about asbestos that the firm has assembled.
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