Mesothelioma: Facts and Figures
01/25/2011 // Chicago, IL, USA // Mesothelioma Lawyers – Cooney & Conway // Cooney & Conway
Mesothelioma may not be a household word, but it has caused irreparable harm in all too many homes. Almost always caused by asbestos exposure, mesothelioma is an aggressive, incurable cancer that attacks the protective lining covering many of the body’s internal organs. It can take decades to develop, but once diagnosed, the outcome is invariably grim.
While mesothelioma lawyers have had great success in securing financial compensation—and accountability—for those who have suffered due to preventable asbestos exposure, researchers still struggle to understand and fight the fatal disease.
Here’s what you need to know about mesothelioma—and how it can affect you and your family.
• In almost all cases of mesothelioma, the disease is triggered by asbestos exposure. That exposure could be direct (for example, a worker coming in contact with asbestos in the course of his or her employment) or secondary, such as breathing asbestos fibers brought home on the clothing of a family member.
• From 2,500 to 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed every year in the United States.
• Once diagnosed, the typical mesothelioma patient will survive 10 to 11 months. The five-year survival rate is just 10 percent.
• Men comprise more than 75 percent of mesothelioma victims.
• Mesothelioma can take decades to develop—latency periods of up to 50 years have been reported.
• While long-term asbestos exposure increases the risk of developing mesothelioma, the disease has also been triggered by exposure lasting just a matter of days.
• In the United States, mesothelioma is more common in Caucasian and Hispanic populations than among African-Americans and Asian-Americans.
• Occupations most at risk for asbestos exposure—and therefore mesothelioma—include construction workers, plumbers, electricians, pipefitters, shipyard workers and insulators.
*This was brought to you by the mesothelioma lawyers at Cooney & Conway. For more than half a century, we’ve brought relief—and financial recovery—to those injured by the negligence or harmful actions of others. In the process, we’ve litigated some of the country’s most significant asbestos lawsuits, helping victims of mesothelioma, lung cancer and other asbestos-related diseases get answers and justice.
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