HOUSTON, Aug. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Mesothelioma.us, a free online resource for people with mesothelioma, has just posted a new article that shows just how often this serious health condition is diagnosed.
As the new article on http://mesothelioma.us/ noted, the number of patients who are diagnosed as positive with malignant mesothelioma have increased at an alarming rate. Currently, there are around 14 cases per million in the United States, which translates into around 3,000 people a year receiving the awful news that they have mesothelioma.
Unfortunately, noted a spokesperson for Mesothelioma.us, these numbers are probably understated because of instances where the disease is not properly diagnosed. This is due in part to the long incubation period, which sometimes lasts as long as 25 to 50 years after the person is exposed to asbestos. In addition, symptoms are often mistakenly confused for other health issues like asthma or lung infections, which lead to improper treatment and a delay in the correct diagnosis.
"The rise in mesothelioma cases can be traced back to the great building booms of the sixties and seventies," the spokesperson explained, adding that this was before asbestos was known publicly as a health hazard.
"Working in the mining industry, shipbuilding or construction, especially the insulating industry is where the most risk occurred."
Sadly, most patients pass away within two years of being diagnosed with mesothelioma, notes the new article. Because proper treatment is of the essence, the founders of Mesothelioma.us created the website as a way to make sure that people have access to the most current and correct information about the disease.
"If there is any good news about mesothelioma, it is that scientists and doctors now know what causes mesothelioma and can ensure that far fewer future workers will be exposed to the dangers of asbestos fibers or suffer from the pain and suffering of mesothelioma," the new article concluded.
Mesothelioma.us is an authoritative website that includes comprehensive resources for mesothelioma patients and their families. The site includes up-to-date information about treatment options, major U.S. cancer centers, clinical trials, veteran's claims and benefit information and mesothelioma lawyers. For more information, please visit http://mesothelioma.us/.