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Mesothelioma Facts

Malignant Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer, generally caused by exposure to asbestos.

  • 2,500 new cases of mesothelioma are reported each year.
  • 70% to 80% who develop mesothelioma have worked on jobs where they inhaled asbestos particles.
  • Mesothelioma does not appear until 20 to 40 years after asbestos exposure.
  • More men than in women (3 to 1) have mesothelioma.
  • Risk for mesothelioma increases with age (median age is 73).
  • This disease can appear in either men or women at any age.


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