CNN had an alarming report earlier this month indicating that the number of deaths nationally from malignant mesothelioma increased from 2,479 in 1999 to 2,597 in 2015.
The data comes from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which the news outlet said is still trying to figure out why asbestos-related medical issues are on the rise despite efforts to reduce exposure.
CNN reported the largest increase in the number of deaths was in those over the age of 85, but younger populations are also affected. The CDC indicates that during the time period reported, 16,914 of the deaths were among people 75 to 84 years old, while 682 people between the ages of 25 and 44 died of mesothelioma complications.
“Although deaths among persons aged less than 35 years are of concern, we do not have information to understand potential causes,” said Dr. Jacek Mazurek, the author of the CDC report, according to CNN.
Experts told the news outlet that most people are or were exposed to asbestos at occupational sites. “This disease remains relevant,” said Dr. Hedy Kindler, professor of medicine at the University of Chicago, according to CNN, “and it remains a killer of people who, of no fault of their own other than doing their job, are exposed to something that was preventable.”
The doctor noted that it can take anywhere from 20 to 50 years for someone to develop mesothelioma after asbestos exposure.
The Dangers of Asbestos Exposure
This is unfortunate news for our country. Aside from mesothelioma, asbestos exposure has been linked to colon cancer, stomach cancer, throat cancer and kidney cancer. All of these illnesses are linked to death and financial suffering among victims.
Many asbestos exposure victims are unaware of their legal options, especially if they were exposed to particles at some point during employment.
Contact us today for a free consultation if you have been diagnosed with cancer and you believe it was the result of asbestos exposure. We can investigate your case and possibly obtain compensation for you that can help pay for treatment. Call (800) 637-6347 today or fill out our online case review form.
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