1. Mesothelioma is a rare type of lung cancer.
  2. Pleural mesothelioma (mesothelioma in the lungs) is the most common type of mesothelioma.
  3. Approximately 2,000 mesothelioma cases are diagnosed in the US each year.
  4. Mesothelioma occurs more often in the right lung than the left lung and affects more men than women.
  5. Mesothelioma is the only form of lung cancer not caused by smoking.
  6. Most mesothelioma patients are over 50 years old.
  7. Mesothelioma surgery can result in a significant five-year survival rate.
  8. Mice and sheep are often used to study new mesothelioma treatments.
  9. CT scans, PET scans, and biopsies can all be used to help diagnose mesothelioma.
  10. Several genes have been identified as unique to mesothelioma cell lines.
  11. Alimta was approved in 2004 as a chemotherapy treatment for mesothelioma.
  12. The biggest cause of mesothelioma is industrial asbestos exposure.
  13. Mesothelioma can develop up to 60 years after exposure to asbestos.

Asbestos Facts

  1. Asbestos is an IARC Group 1 carcinogen, the most dangerous classification of carcinogen
  2. Millions of people have been exposed to asbestos worldwide.
  3. There are 98 active asbestos EPA Superfund sites in the United States.
  4. In the 1950's, some cigarette filters contained blue asbestos.
  5. White asbestos was once widely used to mimic snow in Christmas decorations.
  6. Vermiculite insulation manufactured before 1990 is likely contaminated with asbestos.
  7. All road signs to the former asbestos mining town of Wittenoom, Australia were removed by the Australian government to discourage visitors to the asbestos-infested area.
  8. Many navy ships used in World War II contained asbestos.
  9. Several large asbestos companies have publicly admitted to hiding information about the health risks of asbestos.
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