Why Most Mesothelioma Patients are Senior Citizens

by | Jul 30, 2014 | Mesothelioma |

Did you know that about 75% of mesothelioma patients are senior citizens? Our elders are some of those most at risk for a fatal diagnosis, but why?

Each year, thousands of individuals are diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer. Mesothelioma is an illness that is caused by the exposure to asbestos fibers. For many patients, this exposure occurred decades ago at the job site, before asbestos was known to be a hazard to human health.

Asbestos was seen as a “miracle mineral” before the 1970s. It was used in thousands of consumer products, including hairdryers, home insulation, and so much more. It was the workers in those asbestos manufacturing plants and production sites that were exposed to asbestos all day, every day.

Unfortunately, this prolonged exposure can result in several asbestos-related diseases, including mesothelioma. Symptoms can remain latent within the body for decades and are often mistaken for other respiratory diseases, like pneumonia. Some mesothelioma diagnoses are not actually made until 10 to 50 years after exposure has occurred.

Given that most doctors do not diagnose the disease until decades later, it is easy to understand how many patients are senior citizens before finding out about their condition. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, do not hesitate to contact us today. We have been representing mesothelioma victims and their families in the court room for over 30 years.

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