The leading cause of mesothelioma, asbestos, is not a disease only seen in the United States. Worldwide, the disease is known about but some countries are more proactive about preventing asbestos exposure than others.
In the U.S., it’s estimated that there are around 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma each year and roughly 2,500 deaths caused by the disease. The average life expectancy for someone diagnosed with mesothelioma is anywhere from 18-31 months, but every diagnosis is different as it depends on how much asbestos the individual was exposed to and for what length of time.
Asbestos use is still not officially banned by the U.S. government however, those who are exposed to the fibers are much more aware of the potential dangers and take precautions to limit exposure compared to individuals decades ago. That’s why researchers believe that mesothelioma cases may have already peaked in the U.S. as the number of mesothelioma cases continues to decline each year.
Asbestos has been banned in Canada since 2018. Mesothelioma cases have been on the rise with about two per 100,000 people developing the disease annually.
Production, importation, and use of asbestos or asbestos-containing materials are banned in all countries within Europe.
In the United Kingdom in particular, brown and blue asbestos was banned in 1985 and white asbestos was banned in 1999. However, as it takes asbestos fibers several years before a significant impact is noticeable, the country is now seeing a crisis level of mesothelioma cases in more recent years.
The number of mesothelioma cases is also on the rise in Australia. While asbestos has been banned there since 2004, prior exposure to asbestos is being blamed for the increased cases of mesothelioma. It’s estimated nearly five in every 100,000 people are battling mesothelioma.
In other nations such as China, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Pakistan, Russia, and Thailand, asbestos use is still prominent and therefore mesothelioma cases are still on an upward trend. It’s estimated that it could be several decades before mesothelioma cases begin decreasing in these countries unless they begin halting their use of asbestos sooner than later.
Whether you knew you were being exposed to asbestos or not, if you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you have the right to be properly compensated for your injuries. At Shrader & Associates L.L.P. we have helped thousands across the U.S. receive compensation after their mesothelioma diagnosis. We care about our clients and want to help you — fill out our online form to get started today.