Increasing Numbers of Women Dying from Malignant Mesothelioma

The number of women dying annually from malignant mesothelioma climbed by 25% over the past two decades, despite a nationwide drop in the use of asbestos, the primary cause of the cancer. The rise in deaths among women contrasts with the numbers among men, which have fallen slightly in recent years, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The statistics were part of the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published on May 13. The report analyzed the annual mesothelioma death rate for women from 1999 to 2020. “The increasing number of malignant mesothelioma deaths among women most likely represent exposure (to asbestos) many years ago,” lead author Dr. Jacek Mazurek, CDC Respiratory Health Division, told The Mesothelioma Center at Asbestos.com. “These results underscore the importance of controlling exposure today.” Homemakers Lead the Rise During that 22-year span, 12,227 women died from mesothelioma, compared to 46,443 men. According to data obtained by the CDC, 489 women died in 1999 and 614 died in 2020. The most died in 2017 (672) and 2019 (641). The drop in deaths among men went from 1,990 in 1999 to 1,981 in 2020. The high was 2,286 deaths in 2011. The report also estimated a median interval of 32 years between initial occupational exposure to asbestos and death from mesothelioma cancer. Occupational exposure to asbestos, particularly in construction, manufacturing and shipyards, is typically the most ...
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