Why Is Mesothelioma So Rare?

by Gregory A. Cade on January 13, 2019

Nearly 3,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with mesothelioma every year. Notwithstanding the devastating nature of the disease, this shows that mesothelioma is a rare illness.

Some people are hit much harder

The impact of mesothelioma on the general population may seem less severe than that of other diseases. The number of Americans who die of mesothelioma every year is comparable to that of the people who lose their lives to flu, asthma, peptic ulcers, nephritis, accidental drowning, gallbladder disorders, assault, or surgical complications. Nonetheless, when we examine people belonging to the professional demographic at risk, the percentage of individuals affected by mesothelioma becomes a lot higher.

While mesothelioma is classified as an orphan disease, this does not necessarily mean it is rare. An orphan disease occurs in less than 200,000 Americans at any given time, but these diseases are usually life-threatening and their victims survive for a short period of time, which is why it is unlikely that a large number of cases will accumulate. Although the use of asbestos has been declining since the '80s, the incidence of mesothelioma has not decreased, as the disease remains latent for 20 to 50 years after the initial asbestos exposure. It is estimated that the number of new cases will continue increasing.

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