History and Statistics

People have been using and mining the mineral asbestos for thousands of years. But with the advent of the industrial age and more widespread use of asbestos came more mesothelioma cases. However, doctors did not officially link the two until the 1920s. The National Cancer Institute confirmed that asbestos causes lung cancer in 1942. Still, we mined and used asbestos extensively for decades after that. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency didn’t issue a final rule limiting most asbestos use until 1989. Asbestos was still common in construction materials in the 1980s, and its use still isn’t banned entirely in the U.S.

Important Statistics about Asbestos and Lung Cancer

  • As many as 20% of people who die from lung cancer each year are non-smokers, according to the American Cancer Society.
  • Lung cancer is the most common cancer and is the leading deadly cancer among men and women in the U.S.
  • Lung cancer kills more people every year than colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined.
  • The average age for diagnosis of lung cancer is 71.
  • Only 16% of lung cancer is diagnosed in an early stage. According to the American Lung Association, the U.S. could prevent 12,000 deaths each year with lung cancer screening.
  • Asbestos causes six times as many cases of lung cancer as mesothelioma.
  • Asbestos-related lung cancer kills twice as many people as mesothelioma each year.

Call the Madeksho Law Firm

You may be entitled to compensation if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with asbestos-related lung cancer, mesothelioma, or another asbestos-related health condition. In some cases, you may not even have to file a lawsuit. Call the Madeksho Law Firm today at 888-910-MESO (6376) to schedule your consultation. Your first visit is always free, and you don’t pay any fees unless we recover compensation on your behalf.