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.