As one of the remaining countries to still use asbestos, does the U.S. have a higher rate of mesothelioma? Historically, asbestos was produced and used across the world. However, as it’s serious, detrimental health affects became well-known, many countries took action to ban the use and production of the deadly substance.

However, America is yet to fully ban asbestos. This is particularly worrying because it is home to over 323.1 million people. Comparatively, the UK is home to around 65.64 million. In this article we ask – how has America’s continued use of asbestos impacted on the statistics for mesothelioma in the U.S?

The statistics:

Here is what the latest statistics say:

  • Around 3,000 Americans are diagnosed with mesothelioma each year. Whereas, in the U.K., the figure is 2,700. In both countries, mesothelioma is a rare condition.
  • The incidence of mesothelioma diagnosis’ rose in the U.S in the 1970s, 80s and 90s. However, this now looks as if it has stablised.
  • More men than women develop mesothelioma in the U.S, as is the case in the U.K. This is because more men than women worked in jobs which involved the use of asbestos.
  • The average age in the U.S for a mesothelioma patient is 69. This is very close to the U.K average of around 70. Most mesothelioma patients do not develop the illness until between 10 and 50 years after their exposure to asbestos.
  • Between 1999 and 2013 mesothelioma was responsible for approximately 37,000 deaths in the U.S. This is slightly higher than the U.K. figure of 31,507.

Will the U.S ban asbestos soon?

Sadly, America’s current President, Donald Trump, has taken a pro-asbestos stance in the past. In his 1997 book, The Art of the Comeback, he wrote that the anti-asbestos movement was a conspiracy ‘run by the mob.’ In a tweet in 2012 Donald Trump also suggested that the twin towers would not have turned into a ‘towering inferno’ in the 9/11 attacks if asbestos had not been replaced in the building.

However, groups across the U.S. continue to campaign for a total ban.

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