Only about 40 percent of mesothelioma patients from the United States survive for one year or more. This drops to less than 20 percent after the second year and less than 10 percent by the fourth year. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health estimates that between 1999 and 2005, more than 18,000 people in the United States died of malignant mesothelioma, including some of the people listed below.
A star football player for the Los Angeles Rams and for later generations a famous sportscaster, he would be diagnosed with mesothelioma in December 2009 and pass away not too long after in March 2010.
Famous architect of the 20th century, member of the modernist movement, and dean of the Yale School of Architecture for six years, he would die from mesothelioma in 1997 at the age of 78.
Known as the environmental conscience of the House of Representatives representing Minnesota’s 4th District for 24 years, he would die 3 days after his 60th birthday and just 8 months after his diagnosis.
Admiral Elmo R. Zumalt, Jr.
Serving as the Chief of Naval Operations for roughly 30 years and known for the level of egalitarian reforms he brought to teh organization he would be diagnosed with mesothelioma at the age of 78 and die one year later at the age of 79.