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Mesothelioma Statistics

  • Every year, more than 10,000 people worldwide (3,000 in the U.S. alone) diagnosis of mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease.
  • More than 500,000 asbestos or mesothelioma lawsuits have been filed.
  • More than 110,000 schools in the U.S. still contain some form of asbestos.
  • 8 million Americans have been exposed to dangerous levels of asbestos.
  • Asbestos insulation workers have a mesothelioma death rate 344 times higher than that of the general population.
  • More than 7,500 Americans died from mesothelioma between 1999 and 2001.
  • The industries with the highest mesothelioma mortality rates are for workers involved with ship building and ship repairing.39
  • People working around industrial chemicals had the second-highest rate, and those in the construction industry were third.
  • 85% of mesothelioma deaths are male; this has more to do with the fact that the majority of workers who suffered asbestos exposure were male than with gender susceptibility to asbestos disease.
  • There is also a high rate of mesothelioma deaths among schoolteachers, many of whom are female.
  • The average age of people diagnosed with mesothelioma is between 50 and 70, but the number of people diagnosed with mesothelioma between the ages of 30 and 40 is increasing.
  • Asbestos is used to make more than 5,000 products worldwide.
  • Even when mesothelioma treatment is possible, it is very expensive, sometimes costing between $400,000 and $800,000 for oxygen, drugs, pain medicine and other forms of treatment.

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