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Over the next several weeks, we’ll explore some of the key topics of interest for veterans of the military regarding exposure to asbestos and the possible consequences to their health and finances that can result from the exposure.

Veterans at risk for potentially fatal levels of asbestos exposure typically are those who served between the years of the First World War and Vietnam. Those individuals were not made aware of the risks to their well being at their time of service, and some may not even be aware of them now. The purpose of these next several articles is to educate and inform those who may have been affected by toxic levels of asbestos about their medical, legal and financial options in the years following exposure.

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Generally speaking, the mesothelioma survival rate is exceedingly low with only a handful of notable cases on record where victims have lived a decade or longer with the disease. The majority succumb to its effects between six months and two years after being diagnosed, others even sooner. In the following section, we’ll take a more detailed look at current mesothelioma life expectancy statistics. And later in our series, we’ll actually meet some of those fortunate few “survivors” to learn how theymake sense of beating the odds and also discover what advice they have to offer fellow victims of the disease.

Mesothelioma Survival Rates By Year

During the decade between 1999 and 2010, malignant mesothelioma claimed the lives of about 30,000 Americans and today continues at about the same rate, killing around 3000 individuals each year. The general mesothelioma survival rate has also remained rather static throughout the past 15 years with more than half of all victims succumbing to the disease within the two years of diagnosis. About 40 percent make it to the one-year mark, while only 20 percent survive to the two-year mark and less than 10 percent live to the five-year mark.

Mesothelioma Survival Rates By Demographic Factors

Age is the most influential demographic factor in determining survival, as younger patients tend to live longer in most cases. Gender also appears to play a significant role, with female victims experiencing better survival odds by approximately three-fold over males. Race appears to play the least influential factor, with Caucasian victims fairer slightly worse than black and Latino victims but afterthe three-year mark only.