Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive form of cancer that affects the thin lining of tissue that covers the lungs, abdomen, and other organs. It is caused by the inhalation of asbestos fibers, which are microscopic particles that can become airborne when asbestos-containing materials are disturbed. Asbestos was used extensively in the construction and manufacturing industries until the late 1970s, when its use was finally restricted. Unfortunately, many people who were exposed to asbestos in the past are now being diagnosed with mesothelioma.

The number of mesothelioma cases in the United States has been steadily increasing over the past few decades. According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed each year. This number is expected to continue to rise as more people who were exposed to asbestos in the past are diagnosed.

The majority of mesothelioma cases are diagnosed in people over the age of 65, as the disease takes many years to develop after exposure to asbestos. However, there has been an increase in the number of younger people being diagnosed with mesothelioma due to second-hand exposure. This is when someone is exposed to asbestos through the clothes of a family member or friend who worked with asbestos.

Unfortunately, mesothelioma is a very difficult disease to treat. Surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy are the most common treatment options, but the prognosis for mesothelioma is usually poor. The average life expectancy for someone diagnosed with mesothelioma is between 12 and 21 months.

The best way to prevent mesothelioma is to avoid exposure to asbestos. If you think you may have been exposed to asbestos in the past, it is important to speak to your doctor about being tested for mesothelioma. Early detection is key to improving the chances of survival.

Mesothelioma is a devastating and life-threatening disease that is becoming increasingly common in the United States. It is important to be aware of the risks associated with asbestos exposure and to take steps to protect yourself and your loved ones.