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Mesothelioma Statistics

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Mesothelioma is among the most catastrophic effects of asbestos exposure. If you or a loved one has received a mesothelioma diagnosis, it’s natural to have many questions about the disease. As nationwide leaders in mesothelioma litigation, The Gori Law Firm has compiled the latest mesothelioma statistics and facts to help you understand the impact of this disease on people’s lives. Get your free case review today.

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Important Facts About Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive form of cancer that develops in the mesothelium—the protective lining covering many of the body’s internal organs. The only known cause of mesothelioma is asbestos exposure, a naturally occurring mineral widely used in numerous industries until the late 1970s.

Mesothelioma Cost and Compensation Statistics

The treatment and financial implications of mesothelioma are often staggering. The following statistics help put the financial burden into perspective:

There are financial resources available to help offset these expenses. Mesothelioma patients and their families may seek compensation through asbestos trust funds, lawsuits against asbestos companies, VA claims, or workers’ compensation benefits. Monetary compensation for the medical expenses associated with mesothelioma often ranges from $100,000 to $900,000 or more with help from an experienced attorney.

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Mesothelioma Survival and Mortality Statistics

Mesothelioma is a highly fatal disease, with a five-year survival rate of just 10 percent. Patients typically survive for only four to 18 months after diagnosis, with the average patient surviving one year. While this is a sobering statistic, advancements in diagnosis and treatment have improved survival rates in recent years, and the numbers will likely continue to improve.

It is important to remember that mesothelioma asbestos statistics are averages and do not predict individual outcomes. Various factors can influence mesothelioma survival statistics, including the following:

Survival Rates by Type of Mesothelioma

The location of the cancer affects the available treatments and, therefore, the survival rates:

Rate of Mesothelioma Survival by Stage

Survival rates also vary by the stage at which mesothelioma is diagnosed. Generally, the earlier the cancer is caught, the better the prognosis. The stages are as follows:

Pleural mesothelioma sometimes uses a different staging system called Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results, or SEER. This system groups the cancer into the following three stages:


24 percent five-year survival rate


16 percent five-year survival rate


7 percent five-year survival rate

Age and Gender

Among male patients with localized pleural mesothelioma, those aged 30-49 have a 34 percent five-year survival rate compared to just 7 percent for those aged 50-79. Better general health in younger individuals can make a difference in recovery. They may be eligible for more effective therapies that are not an option for older patients.

Nearly 80 percent of mesothelioma deaths occur among men. This gender disparity is primarily due to occupational exposure being more prevalent in male-dominated industries, but women do face higher exposure rates from cosmetic products containing talc contaminated with asbestos. 

Women are also more likely to seek medical treatment for symptoms, which can contribute to earlier detection and better chances of survival. Hormones may also play a role in the gender discrepancy as estrogen interacts differently with tumor cells. Furthermore, women are significantly more likely to develop peritoneal mesothelioma than men, which has a much higher survival rate than pleural mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma Death Rate

The mortality rate of mesothelioma has been declining in recent years, largely due to increased regulations on asbestos use and improved safety measures for workers. However, it is still a significant health concern in the U.S. and beyond. Workers in various industries still experience asbestos exposure. Additionally, those who were exposed decades ago during the peak of asbestos use may just now be developing illnesses like mesothelioma as a result. Here are some key statistics regarding mesothelioma deaths:

Treatment Options and Impact on Survival

Treatment is the most significant determining factor in patient outcomes for mesothelioma. Early and aggressive treatment implementing multiple methods can significantly improve survival odds and quality of life:

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