Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer, caused by exposure to asbestos. Malignant mesothelioma develops in the lining of the lungs, abdomen, and other bodily regions, and can take as many as 50 or more years to develop following asbestos exposure.
While other types of asbestos-related disease generally involve prolonged occupational exposure, mesothelioma has been known to establish itself even in children of workers who brought home asbestos fibers on their clothing.
Canada has a long history of asbestos mining, and Canadian industries made broad use of asbestos for fire protection, insulation, and a wide variety of other applications throughout the 20th Century. This legacy of asbestos exposure has led to thousands of mesothelioma cases, which are only now reaching their peak.
1. Between 1980 and 2006, the incidence of mesothelioma in Canada rose from .7 per 100,000 individuals, to 2 out of every 100,000 individuals.
2. Asbestos also causes lung cancer. For every case of mesothelioma, there are about twice as many cases of asbestos-related lung cancer.
3. The five-year relative survival rate for Canadian mesothelioma patients is 7%. This means that people diagnosed with mesothelioma are 7% as likely to survive the five years following their diagnosis as people in the general population.
4. Asbestos mining was at one time a huge industry in Quebec. As recently as 2010, Quebec was still producing 150,000 tons of asbestos each year, and exporting 90% to developing nations.
5. Canadian asbestos production peaked at 1.69 million metric tons in 1973. Until recently, Canada was the world’s second largest producer of asbestos, exceeded only by Russia.
6. The 1949 asbestos strike in the town of Asbestos, Quebec involved 5000 workers and included a demand for elimination of asbestos dust from in and around the mining community.
7. A 2007 study of homes in the former asbestos-mining community of Thetford, Quebec found that more than half of the homes studied still had air contamination levels exceeding safety standards.
Canada’s long history of asbestos production and use has left a toxic legacy of mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, and other asbestos-related illnesses. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact an experienced asbestos litigation law firm to discuss your options. With over 45 years experience serving mesothelioma victims, Bergman Draper Oslund is the only law firm in the Pacific Northwest devoted exclusively to asbestos litigation.
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