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Just how bad is malignant mesothelioma? In 2007, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) completed a Work Related Lung Disease Surveillance Report and this is what was found with regard to malignant mesothelioma in the United States from 1999 - 2004:
- More than 15,000 people in the U.S. died from malignant mesothelioma.
- More than 200,000 years of life expectancy were lost because of the more than 15,000 deaths.
- Approximately 80% of those who died were male.
- Approximately one third of those who died lived in just five states (California, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas).
- In 1999, about 15% of the people who died worked in the construction industry.
Industries with significantly increased or elevated mesothelioma mortality include:
- Ship and boat building and repairing.
- Industrial and miscellaneous chemicals.
- Petroleum refining.
- Electric light and power.
- Mechanical engineers.
- Elementary school teachers.
If you work in any of these industries, have mesothelioma symptoms, or you are concerned about developing mesothelioma cancer then it is important to speak to your doctor about possible screenings and steps that you can take to encourage an early diagnosis of mesothelioma.