Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that is implicated with exposure to asbestos. This cancer is formed on the protective lining of various parts of the body including the lungs and abdomen. This particular cancer has a high latency period of between twenty to fifty years which often makes its detection hard from the onset. Its symptoms also resemble those of common lung diseases which make its detection even harder.
Statistics of Mesothelioma patients
Learning a little statistics will help you understand the severity of mesothelioma infection. It is approximated that eighty percent of mesothelioma is from exposure to asbestos. There are also other implications but they are minor potential causes of Mesothelioma. These include radiation and exposure to zeolites.
In the US alone, twenty million people are estimated to develop Mesothelioma in later years of their life. According to National Institutes of Health (NIH), and estimated eleven million people from 1940 to 1978 were exposed to asbestos, thereby providing a source of worry in the years to come.
Males are usually diagnosed of the disease as from the age of seventy-four while for females the age varies a little to seventy-one. Because of the latency period, ninety-one percent of those usually diagnosed are at least fifty five years and older.
Mesothelioma Survival rate is from 5% to 10%
The chances of survival has a lot to do with the period (stage) at which Mesothelioma was diagnosed. Early diagnosis is the key to survival. On the average, people diagnosed of Mesothelioma usually have two to three years to live. On the contrary, five to ten percent of survivors will live up to five years.
Global statistics – 43,000 people die globally
It is on estimate that forty three thousand people die globally from Mesothelioma with the highest rates recorded in Australia, Belgium and Great Britain. These regions have at least thirty cases in every one million people.
It is also estimated that come 2020, the cases of Mesothelioma in developed countries may skyrocket beyond ten percent annually. Though no particular reason was given for this projection but it seems to have something to do with the level of global pollution which is by the way more in the developed countries.
Mesothelioma awareness – keep away from asbestos
Since every finger points to asbestos as the primary source of Mesothelioma, it is therefore very important to enlighten patients and the entire populace on the need to protect themselves from chronic exposure to this carcinogenic element. Patients who are already down with mesothelioma will need to be more cautious in protecting themselves from further exposure to asbestos which would further exacerbate the situation.
Awareness is possible through radio, fliers, and TV
Mesothelioma can take the form of jingles on the radio, fliers and television adverts which are the fastest and widest means of disseminating information in this current technological era. Furthermore, mesothelioma can take the form of legislatures that would mandate working environments that handle some of these carcinogenic substances to modify their working environment to reduce the exposure of their staff to these substances.
If nothing is done to check the current exposure to asbestos, in the coming years, the earth may lose all her grey hairs to this disease.
- Asbestos is the primary source of Mesothelioma.
- Mesothelioma has a latency period of between twenty to fifty years.
- People should be educated to protect themselves from asbestos exposure.
- Legislatures can be used to force some industries to modify their working environment to reduce exposure of their staff to asbestos.
- Asbestos zeolites and radiation are some of the causes of Mesothelioma.
- About 11 million people were exposed to Mesothelioma between 1940 to 1978.
- Latency period makes detection of Mesothelioma impossible.
- Symptoms of Mesothelioma resemble those of normal lung infections.
- The age of diagnosis is usually at average 74.
- Those diagnosed of Mesothelioma are usually above 55 years.
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