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# Each year 2,500 to 4,000 patients in the U.S. are diagnosed with mesothelioma and asbestos-related diseases.

# Mesothelioma has a long latency (inactive) period of anywhere between 15 – 50 years.

# Experts predict that mesothelioma diagnoses will continue to increase in the United States for at least another 10 to 20 years.

# While many countries have banned certain forms of asbestos, an estimated 5,000 asbestos-containing products exist today. (See a list of dangerous products)

Article/Commentary: A Ban on Asbestos Must be Based on a Comparative Risk Assessment. (Canada)

# As many as 8 million people in the U.S. have already been exposed to asbestos and it continues to pose a serious threat to workers in certain occupations. (Click here for a list of at risk occupations)

# One study of asbestos insulation workers reported a mesothelioma death rate up to 344 times higher than the general population.

# Most mesothelioma victims die within 18 months of diagnosis. Mortality is swift not because the cancer is fast-growing but because it usually is far advanced by the time it is detected.

Read about the development of a blood test for Mesothelioma diagnosis; Visit our Mesothelioma Articles.

#Poor prognostic variables include: nonepithelial histology, older age (greater than 75 years), pleural primary, chest pain at presentation, poor performance status, and elevated platelet count (greater than 400,000/mcL).

#By the year 2030 there are estimates that asbestos will have caused 60,000 instances of mesothelioma and around 250,000 other cancers that result in death.

# Over half a million asbestos and mesothelioma injury claims have been filed to date. Over 50,000 were filed in 1998 alone.

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