The first diagnosis of mesothelioma that was conclusively linked to asbestos exposure occurred in 1964. There are approximately 2,000 new cases of mesothelioma diagnosed each year with the number of cases expecting to peak worldwide in 2020. The National Institute of Health estimates that between 1940 and 1978 approximately 11 million people were exposed to asbestos.
A patient will typically experience a latency period of 25 to 50 years after initial exposure before you may see signs of symptoms. Less than one percent of all patients will have a shorter latency period of 15 years. To read more about mesothelioma please click on any of the links below: