By Eden Ali | December 7, 2007
Eventhough mesothelioma incidence rates have been reported to be increasing since the past 20 years, mesothelioma cancers still remains a relatively uncommon disease. The mesothelioma incidence is still around one disease per every 1,000,000 disease. For the purpose of comparing, the rate of people that have a high levels of smoking which are liable to have a cancer of the lung incidence is about 1,000 incidence per 1,000,000. The cases of malignant mesothelioma cancers presently ranges from around 7 to 40 per 1,000,000 in highly commercialized Western countries, based the statistics on the number of exposure to asbestos of the particular populations during the past many decades.
It has been valued that the incidence of malignant mesothelioma cancers can reach a peak of about 15 per 1,000,000 in the United States in 2004. Malignant mesothelioma incidence is still anticipated to remain on the increase in other parts of the world. Mesothelioma cancers are seen most at times in men than in women and the risk increase with age, but the cancer can occur in both men or women of any age. About one third to one fifth of this disease are mesothelioma of the peritoneum.
Within the year 1940 and 1979, about 27.5 million people were due to their occupation exposed to asbestos in the United States. Also within the year 1973 and 1984, there has been a three times growth in the diagnosis of pleural mesothelioma in the caucasian males. Between 1980 and late 1990s, the mesothelioma death rate grew from around 2,000 per year to 3,000 in the USA. The statistics shows that men are four times more liabe to develop it than women. Although, the estimated rates may not be exact, because there is the possibility that several conditions of mesothelioma were misdiagnosed as adenocarcinoma of the lung, because there is difficulty in distinguishing it from mesothelioma.
Topics: Mesothelioma epidemiology |