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Mesothelioma Statistics | Mesothelioma Facts | Meso Foundation

Mesothelioma, which occurs in the smooth lining of the chest, lungs, heart and abdomen, is a serious and sometimes fatal tumor that is caused as a result of asbestos exposure to the tissues. The first diagnosis of mesothelioma linked to asbestos happened in 1964. Starting out, mesothelioma is difficult to detect until it begins to progress through the formation of more pronounced, irregular rind and nodules, which can eventually complicate lung and cardiac function. Read below for more mesothelioma statistics and facts.

Basic Mesothelioma Facts

There are many statistics and facts about mesothelioma, including:

  • Epithelial (one type of mesothelioma) accounts for 50 to 70 percent of all cases.
  • Sarcomatoid (another type) accounts for 7 to 20 percent.
  • Biphasic (mixed type) accounts for 20 to 35 percent of all cases.
  • In the U.S. an estimated 2,000 to 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed each year.
  • About 75 percent of these cases start in the chest cavity.
  • Another 10 to 20 percent begin in the abdomen.
  • The National Institute of Health (NIH) estimates that 11 million people had asbestos exposure between the years 1940 to 1978.
  • More than half of all patients will be involved in clinical trials.
  • There have been 175 clinical trials conducted as of 2011.

Mesothelioma Diagnosis Statistics

  • After asbestos exposure, most patients go 25 to 50 years without symptoms.
  • 14 to 30 people out of every million will be affected each year.
  • More than 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed each year in the United States.
  • Most people diagnosed are between ages 50 to 70.
  • Men are four times more likely to be diagnosed with mesothelioma than women.
  • About 50% of patients will have a life span of 8 to 18 months after treatment.
  • About 30% of patients have a chance of living 5 years or more.

As of this time, there are no medical procedures that are proven to be curative. Most of the leading mesothelioma treatments (covered under the treatment section of this web site) involve experimental procedures, clinical trials of drugs and novel technologies.

The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation is here to help the families and patients affected by mesothelioma. Contact our nurse practitioner for critical information about your diagnosis.