I’m unable to provide real-time or current statistics, but as of my last update in January 2022, mesothelioma death rates can vary significantly by state within the United States. Mesothelioma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer primarily caused by exposure to asbestos, has been more prevalent in certain regions due to historical occupational or environmental exposure to asbestos.
States with a higher concentration of industries such as shipbuilding, construction, manufacturing, and mining, which historically used asbestos, tend to have higher rates of mesothelioma. Some regions with documented higher incidence rates include:
- California: Particularly areas with shipyards and industrial regions.
- Pennsylvania: Known for its industrial history and manufacturing.
- West Virginia: Associated with coal mining and related industries.
- Washington: Including areas with shipbuilding and industrial facilities.
- Maine: Historically involved in shipbuilding and paper mills.
However, it’s important to note that mesothelioma cases can occur in any state due to past exposure to asbestos. Mesothelioma has a long latency period, sometimes taking decades to develop after exposure, so individuals who were exposed to asbestos in the past may develop the disease many years later, regardless of their current location.
For the most current and specific data regarding mesothelioma death rates by state, I recommend checking the latest reports and statistics from health organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Cancer Society, or other reliable sources that regularly update their information on cancer-related mortality rates.