According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, mesothelioma diagnoses are on the rise. This year alone, doctors diagnosed over 30,000 people with mesothelioma. Nearly all people with this type of cancer will succumb to the disease. However, experts predict these numbers are on the rise.
There are different forms of mesothelioma. The most common form of mesothelioma is pleural mesothelioma. This cancer develops in the lining of the lungs. Also, it accounts for around 75% of all mesothelioma cases. Symptoms of pleural mesothelioma often affect breathing and the thoracic cavity(chest), and they can often be taken for problems related to other diseases, such as pneumonia, flu, or even lung cancer.
Rising Mesothelioma Diagnoses Rates
According to the World Health Organization, cancer is either the first- or second-most-common cause of death before age 70 in 91 countries. It ranks third or fourth in an additional 22 countries. However, it is the most common cause of premature death in the United States.
The worldwide incidence rate for all cancers combined was approximately 20 percent higher in men than in women. The mortality rate was almost 50 percent higher for men. However, the International Agency for Research on Cancer added mesothelioma for the first time. The worldwide mesothelioma numbers for 2018 include:
- Men: 21,662 cases and 18,332 deaths
- Women: 8,781 cases and 7,244 deaths
- Total: 30,443 cases and 25,576 deaths
The International Commission of Occupational Health recently did a study on worldwide deaths attributed only to asbestos exposure. It found 27,612 people around the world died of mesothelioma in 2016, and 34,270 died from lung cancer caused by asbestos exposure.
If Diagnosed with Mesothelioma
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