Currently, there is no cure for mesothelioma. However, early detection tests and new drugs and treatments have begun to lengthen the life expectancy of patients with mesothelioma today. However, the disease remains a very aggressive form of cancer and survival rates depend on age, overall health of the patient and the type of mesothelioma a patient is struggling. In general, the average survival reported throughout the last five years has been 10 to 11 months after diagnosis.
Mesothelioma Statistics and facts
Question of the population cancer called mesothelioma and you will probably find that few people know little or nothing about the disease. However, ask someone who worked with asbestos and they can probably expound on the dangers of the disease among people in their profession. Mesothelioma, though rare in comparison to other types of cancer, still remains a serious threat.
Mesothelioma is almost exclusively caused by asbestos exposure.
Approximately 2,000 to 3,000 new cases are reported each year in the U.S. More than 10,000 are reported worldwide.
Three times more men than women develop the disease.
Approximately 80 percent of diagnosed cases can be directly linked to a job where asbestos was present.
Mesothelioma typically has a latency period of 20-50 years.
The average age of a mesothelioma patient has historically been about 65 years old.
The 5-year relative survival rate for mesothelioma patients is about 10 percent. The 1-year survival rate stands at about 40 percent.