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Mesothelioma by the Numbers

Mesothelioma is a deadly type of cancer linked to asbestos exposure. It most commonly affects the pleural or peritoneal tissues, where pleural refers to the tissue surrounding the lungs, and peritoneal the lining of the abdominal area. Although mesothelioma is a fairly rare disease – only about 2-3,000 cases are diagnosed every year – it is extremely dangerous. In fact, 9 out of 10 patients diagnosed with mesothelioma will die because of it within 5 years.

There are a plethora of statistics relating to asbestos and mesothelioma floating around. Some of the important ones:

75 – The percentage of people diagnosed with mesothelioma who are over the age of 65.

50 – The longest period of time, in years, that mesothelioma has been known to stay inactive before symptoms appear.

500,000+ – The number of mesothelioma and asbestos-related lawsuits estimated filed to date.

85 – The percentage of mesothelioma victims who are male.

8,000,000 – The number of Americans who have been exposed to harmful levels of asbestos.

310,000 – The projected number of deaths that asbestos will have caused by the year 2030.

5,000 – The number of products worldwide that are still made using asbestos.

18 – The number of months that most mesothelioma patients live after diagnosis. Because its symptoms are often hard to detect, mesothelioma is frequently diagnosed in its later stages.

110,000 – The number of schools in the United States which still contain asbestos in some form.

The statistics tell a single story: asbestos is an incredibly dangerous substance which has caused, and will continue to cause suffering and death for millions of people in the United States and around the world. Workers and former workers in the construction, shipbuilding, and chemical industries are at particular risk of dying from mesothelioma, and experts predict that incidence rates will continue to increase for the next 10 to 20 years.

In many cases, workers suffer from asbestos exposure that their employer should have taken steps to prevent. If you are one of these workers, you may be entitled to compensation for your employer’s negligence. Call 800-781-3955 to schedule a free initial consultation with a mesothelioma lawyer from Williams Hart today.

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