As with any disease or health condition,mesothelioma researchers have, over time, collected and analyzed all kinds of information about the disease. This information may someday help researchers and doctors make advances towards a cure for this deadly cancer.
Some Common Questions About Mesothelioma

How Often is Mesothelioma Diagnosed?
New cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed in between 2,500 and 3,000 Americans each year. These numbers, while significant, would indicate that mesothelioma is still a relatively rare disease, though incidence is expected to rise in the next decade according to projections.

What is the Typical Age at Diagnosis?
The first diagnosis of mesothelioma typically occurs in men and women between the ages of 50 and 70 years. Mesothelioma patients, certainly, have been diagnosed at ages younger than 50 and older than 70, but diagnoses for those age groups are considered statistical anomalies.

What is the typical Mesothelioma Latency Period?
Typically, there is a great deal of time between an individual's exposure to asbestos and the development of asbestos-related health complications. Mesothelioma is associated with a long-latency period (often 20-50 years) after exposure. Over a long period of time, lodged asbestos fibers slowly inflame the lung's external tissue, often serving as a pre-cursor to the development of malignant mesothelioma. Mesothelioma doctors diagnose the disease when it becomes apparent through a clinical examination, but this often happens long after the initial exposure to asbestos occurred.

Does Mesothelioma Occur in a Particular Sex More Often?
Mesothelioma is much more common in men than women, due mostly to occupational asbestos exposure being more common among men in industrial labor settings. That is not to say, however, that women cannot be diagnosed with mesothelioma. In fact, recent evidence suggests that mesothelioma incidence in women may rise in the coming years as a result of secondary exposures to asbestos. Many women diagnosed with mesothelioma discover that they are victims 

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