Mesothelioma in numbers and facts in the U.S

  1. 10,000 people die every year around the world from mesothelioma cancer or asbestos related illnesses

  2. Of the 10,00 people that die every year, 2,000 to 3,00 are from the U.S alone

  3. 1 fifth of these 10,000 asbestos-related deaths are solely mesothelioma

  4. 2,000 to 4,000 persons are diagnosed with mesothelioma each year

  5. For every one that dies from the disease, 1 will be diagnosed

  6. Most mesothelioma patients are really old yet the illness in nonexclusive of age

  7. Mesothelioma remains latent in the body from 10 to 15 years

  8. The disease is scarce in people under 55 but not nonexistent

  9. Men are affected 5 more times than women

  10. High amount of diagnosed patients are above 65 years of age

  11. It is very difficult to detect in its early stages

  12. Mesothelioma represents 1% of all existing cancers

  13. Average survival of mesothelioma diagnosed patients is 1 year

  14. If aggressively treated, mesothemium cancer patients might survive 2 years

  15. Mesothelioma is cancer of the mesothelium

  16. Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer that is invariably fatal.

  17. Eighty to 90 percent of mesothelioma cases are caused by asbestos exposure.

  18. The bodies attempts at ridding itself of the deadly asbestos fibers causes pulmonary fibrosis

  19. The sharp fibers penetrate lung tissue making the expulsion impossible

  20. The lungs swell and inflame trying to expell the fibers and protective tissue hardens around them

  21. Benign and malign mesothelioma coexist

  22. The prognosis for benign mesothelioma is favorable but its appearance predicts the further appearance of malign mesothelioma

  23. The prognosis for malign mesothelioma is however, invariably fatal

  24. Asbestos has only been related to mesothelioma cancer but efforts to pinpoint how and why it is the cause of the maladie are nonexistent

  25. 8 million people have been exposed to asbestos in the U.S the last 50 years

  26. The number of mesothelioma cases is expected to peak in the year 2020

  27. The number of mesothelioma cases will decrease after 2020 because contact with asbestos will have been rare by then

  28. Symptoms of mesothelioma can masquerade as other frequent affections making detection tricky

  29. Studies of the ailment show mortality rates of 100%

  30. Mesothelioma has a survival rate of about 9% five years after diagnosis

  31. There exist people who survive long-term harboring the disease, even symptom-free

  32. Healthy people have a much higher chance of surviving longer with mesothelioma

  33. Libby, Montana has the highest asbestos-related disease percentages in the whole U.S

  34. The mortality rate from asbestosis is 60 times higher in Libby than in other areas of the United States

  35. More or less 1200 of the 2100 people living in Libby, Montana have some sort of asbestos related disease

  36. The mining of vermiculite contaminated with asbestos in Libby Montana is the cause of the concentration of so many asbestos-related illnesses including mesothelioma in the area

  37. Reported incidence rates have increased in the U.S in the past 20 years

  38. Even with the current boom of mesothelioma cancer it is still a rare disease

  39. Incidence of the cancer is 1 every 1'000,000(less than lung cancer produces by smoking tobacco)

  40. Incidences of the disease peaked on 2004 at 15 for every 1'000,000 healthy. Approximately one fifth to one third of all mesotheliomas are peritoneal.

  41. Many cases of mesothelioma are misdiagnosed as adenocarcinoma of the lung

  42. Asbestos exposure is almost always necessary factor for developing cancer of the mesothelium

  43. In rare cases, mesothelioma has also been associated with irradiation, intrapleural thorium dioxide (Thorotrast), and inhalation of other fibrous silicates, such as erionite.

  44. Asbestos is a highly toxic mineral that when in exposure to causes mesothelioma cancer and other chronic illnesses

  45. The Kent brand of cigarettes used asbestos in its filters for the first few years of production in the 1950s and mesothelioma cases resulted from it

  46. Eating a healthy diet high in fresh vegetables signifies reduction of the speed at which the mesothelioma develops

  47. Vitamin B reduces the toxicity of chemotherapy treatment in mesothelioma cancer patients

  48. Calcium, vitamin D, and shark cartilage are a bad idea to attempt curing mesothelioma as it can result in liberation of calcium from the bones

  49. Extra calcium from supplements can cause hypercalcimia

  50. Symptoms of hypercalcemia are altered mental status, needing to urinate all the time, vague bone pain, constipation, and headache so it is ill advised on a treatment for mesothelioma disease

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