What are the key statistics about malignant mesothelioma?


What are the key statistics about malignant
mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is fairly rare. About 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed each
year in the United States.  The rate of mesotheliomas in the United States increased from the 1970s to the early
1990s, but since then it has leveled off or even gone down slightly. These changes have
largely been seen in men, and are thought to be related to changes in workplace
exposures to asbestos (see “What are the risk factors for malignant mesothelioma?”). The
rate of mesothelioma is lower in women and has been fairly steady for some time. In
many other countries, the rate of mesothelioma is still increasing.
Mesothelioma is more common in whites and Hispanics/Latinos than in African
Americans or Asian Americans.
Information on survival rates for mesothelioma can be found in the section, “Survival
statistics for mesothelioma.”

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