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Why are Mesothelioma Rates in Women Increasing?

Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that is caused by asbestos exposure. Some people assume that mesothelioma is a disease that only affects men. Indeed, historically, mesothelioma has been more prevalent in men. But, today, the balance is tipping. More and more women are being diagnosed with this fatal disease. So, why is there a growing increase in mesothelioma in women? Read on to find out.

Women and Asbestos Exposure

In the 20th century, asbestos exposure in the workplace was quite common. Workers in numerous industries, including the following, were routinely exposed to mesothelioma;

  • Construction and Demolition
  • Automobile
  • Military
  • Maritime
  • Plumbing
  • Railroad
  • Textile
  • Electric
  • Chemical processing
  • Mining
  • Insulation

Back then, these were male-dominated industries, thus leading to high rates of mesothelioma diagnosis among men. Today, more and more women are jumping into the above-mentioned industries, and that means that more women are getting directly exposed to asbestos, thus getting diagnosed with mesothelioma. Even though asbestos has been partially banned, men and women are still encountering this toxic substance in infrastructure and buildings.

Moreover, more and more women who are not in the above-listed industries are getting exposed to asbestos in old buildings, many of which are now being renovated. Renovations come with airborne asbestos fibers. Additionally, more and more women are getting exposed to asbestos through the products they are using. For example, the FDA recently found asbestos in cosmetics.

Secondary/Secondhand Exposure to Asbestos

Women also get exposed to asbestos through secondary exposure. Secondary or secondhand asbestos exposure occurs when someone who works directly with asbestos or asbestos-contaminated material brings asbestos fibers home. Women can suffer secondhand asbestos exposure in several ways. For example, a woman can get exposed to asbestos fibers when they sit close to someone who has asbestos fibers on them. A woman can also suffer secondhand asbestos exposure when handling their partner’s asbestos-contaminated work clothes. Since women can be both directly and indirectly exposed to asbestos, it might explain why the rate of mesothelioma among women is on the rise.

Have Mesothelioma Cases Among Women Increased or Has Diagnosis Improved?

Years ago, one of the biggest problems that women faced as it pertains to asbestos exposure and mesothelioma was a misdiagnosis. Back then, people believed that only men got exposed to asbestos. So, men generally did not have to struggle to get an accurate diagnosis whereas women did, because traditionally, people believed that women did not get exposed to asbestos.

Today, it has become obvious that even women get exposed to asbestos, just like men. It has become common knowledge that women too are susceptible to developing asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma. Today, diagnosis has become more accurate and thorough and that might be another reason why mesothelioma rates among women are increasing.

In conclusion, as awareness and diagnosis continue to improve, it is our hope that treatment options and possible cures also follow suit.

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