Frequently Asked Questions: Information for Families
It seems as though I’m hearing more and more about people getting mesothelioma. How common is mesothelioma in the United States?
Mesothelioma is a form of cancer and should never be taken lightly, but it is still considered a rare disease. Currently, there are 2,000 to 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma reported annually. Exposure to asbestos is the primary cause of the disease.
There are two aspects of the disease that you want to remember. First and foremost, the longer you are exposed to asbestos the greater the risk of developing the disease. Second, the latency or incubation period of the disease may take up to 50 years before symptoms of the disease manifest themselves. As a result, the incidence rates of the disease are gradually increasing. Additionally, there is a greater occurrence of mesothelioma developing in men instead of women.