Dr. Rolf Freter, a hematologist and oncologist at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth, MA talks about the prevalence of mesothelioma. Freter explains that mesothelioma is a relatively uncommon cancer affecting approximately 2,200 people in the U.S. and that over time, the number of cases in the U.S. will decline as fewer people are exposed to asbestos.
In this short ehowhealth clip, Freter explains that there are more cases of mesothelioma than ever before due to the long incubation period the disease needs. It can take between 30 and 50 years for symptoms of the disease to show up, and most people contracted the disease after the 1960s when asbestos was commonly used in many employment areas such as construction, shipbuilding, automobile parts, and factories.
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