Mesothelioma is a rare disease and because it is rare people do not have all the facts when it comes to mesothelioma. They tend to believe in myths and misconceptions when it comes to mesothelioma. We are here to shed some light on what is fact and what is fiction. Our goals at Mesothelioma Advocate are to educate people about mesothelioma and asbestos.
MYTH 1: MESOTHELIOMA IS AN ELDERLY DISEASE
Yes, there is a higher percentage of older people who are diagnosed with mesothelioma. Mesothelioma can take decades to metastasis, so people who generally get mesothelioma are older. Recently, however, younger people are being diagnosed with mesothelioma because they fathers are coming home with asbestos dust. Asbestos can also be found in the buildings built before the 1980s, like schools, homes and other buildings. If children are going into those buildings they can be affected.
MYTH 2: MESOTHELIOMA ISN’T REALLY A RARE DISEASE
A rare disease in the USA is one that affects fewer than 200,000 Americans at any given time. There are only 3000 new cases of mesothelioma each year and only 5-10% of those individuals live beyond five years. Based on these numbers mesothelioma is absolutely a rare disease.
MYTH 3: ONLY LONG TERM EXPOSURE TO ASBESTOS CAUSES MESOTHELIOMA
Asbestos exposure is the cause of mesothelioma. The EPA has stated that there is no safe level of asbestos exposure. Since it usually takes a long time for mesothelioma to develop, people tend to believe that they mesothelioma victims need to have been exposed to asbestos for years and years. In fact, it is very difficult to properly determine when asbestos exposure caused the mesothelioma in an individual.