Mesothelioma Mortality Rate
Industries having the highest mesothelioma mortality rate are ship repairing, shipbuilding, and jobs where people worked on the ships constructed using asbestos. Chemical plants have the second highest mortality rate for individuals dying from mesothelioma. These industries dealing with chemicals were primarily located in 19 states, with the majority being in the north, northeast and western areas of the United States. Other groups with high mesothelioma mortality rates include pipefitters, electricians, plumbers, steamfitters and mechanical engineers, due to the fact that asbestos was extensively used as insulation.
According to the Centers for Disease Control website, there are approximately 1.3 million industry and construction workers still being potentially exposed to asbestos because it has not been regulated overseas. In addition, the CDC also states that between 1995 and 2005, “a total of 18,068 deaths of persons with malignant mesothelioma were reported, increasing from 2,482 deaths in 1999 to 2,704 in 2005, but the annual death rate was stable (14.1 per million in 1999 and 14.0 in 2005”.
During 1999 to 2005, a total of 18,068 malignant mesothelioma deaths were reported in the United States as reported by the CDC; 14,591 (80.8%) occurred among males and 17,180 (95.1%) among whites. Mesothelioma deaths were classified as mesothelioma of the lungs (1,572); stomach area (657); other anatomical sites (2,605) and unspecified anatomical sites (13,454). Deaths from mesothelioma increased with age, with the greatest number of decedents being aged 75 years and older; 311 deaths occurred to individuals who were 44 years of age and older. From 1999 to 2005, the total number of mesothelioma deaths increased 8.9%, from 2,482 in 1999 to 2,704 in 2005. The death rate for males was 4.5 times that for females (23.2 versus 5.1 per million). During 1999 to 2005, the state death rate was greater than the national rate (13.8 per million population per year) in 26 states; in six states the rate exceeded 20 per million per year. These states included Maine (173 deaths); Wyoming (50); West Virginia (182); Pennsylvania (1,210); New Jersey (814) and Washington (558).