Mesothelioma deaths increasing among women

On Behalf of | Jun 8, 2022 | Mesothelioma |

When you work in Georgia in an environment that exposes you to asbestos, you face certain work-related hazards, among them the threat of developing mesothelioma. Mesothelioma, an aggressive type of cancer, affects both men and women. However, research shows that mesothelioma deaths are increasing among women.

Per News Medical Life Sciences, a study conducted and published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers insight into the prevalence of mesothelioma-related mortality among women.

How common mesothelioma is among women

Study findings revealed that the number of women dying as a result of mesothelioma is rising rapidly. To put things in perspective, in 1999, there were 489 women who died from mesothelioma. By 2020, this number grew to 614 such deaths. The study also showed that you face a higher chance of developing mesothelioma from asbestos exposure if you make your living in certain industries.

How industry affects mesothelioma risk

Study results show that you face an elevated chance of developing mesothelioma if you are a female who makes your living working in health care or social assistance. Homemakers also face enhanced mesothelioma risks, per study results. More than 15% of all mesothelioma deaths among women involve women who work in health care. Another 13% involve women who work in education, while another 8.8% of women who develop mesothelioma work in manufacturing settings. About 22.8% of women who receive mesothelioma diagnoses report that they do not work outside their homes.

The study also revealed other important information about how your age and race might impact mesothelioma risks, among other factors.