An international study using data from the World Health Organization (WHO) recently concluded that the world’s workers are still dying from malignant mesothelioma and that the total number of deaths has actually increased in recent years. The report published in Occupational and Environmental Medicine included WHO data from 230 countries spanning between 1994 and 2014.
Within the totality of the data, researchers honed in on 59 countries that had kept more reliable records on mesothelioma diagnoses. Between those 59 countries there were more than 15,000 people who died of malignant mesothelioma. The international research team extrapolated their findings to conclude that there is just about 10 people out of every 1,000,000 people or approximately 38,400 people per year globally.
Chimed-Ochir Odgerel, one of the lead researchers out of Japan wrote that “The global numbers and rates of mesothelioma deaths have increased over time. Our rates are within the range of previously reported values but higher than the most recently reported values.”
New asbestos exposure risk isn’t the same as it used to be. It’s no longer those working in shipyards and asbestos laden ships that have the greatest risk of exposure. Construction trades are now at the greatest risk of contracting mesothelioma. As the old asbestos filled structures continue to deteriorate construction workers remain at risk. There are many cases where asbestos may not even be disclosed to workers in advance so the correct safety procedures won’t end up being followed.
If you suspect exposure there are still no reliable forms of early detection. A CT scan may be your best bet in catching the aggressive cancer early.
The Paul Law Firm advocates for victims of asbestos-related diseases. If you or a loved one is suffering from mesothelioma, call the Paul Law Firm. With over 2.5 billion dollars collected for victims of asbestos exposure, we have the knowledge and the experience to fight for you. We also understand that fighting doesn’t just happen in the courtroom. It also happens in a lab where we are fighting for a cure. Check out the Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America here.
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