As of my last knowledge update in January 2022, mesothelioma is a rare cancer primarily caused by exposure to asbestos. Statistics related to mesothelioma based on age and gender/sex can provide insights into its occurrence and prevalence:
- Age: Mesothelioma is more commonly diagnosed in older individuals. The majority of cases occur in people over the age of 65, and the risk increases with age. However, mesothelioma can develop in individuals of any age, including children, though such instances are extremely rare.
- Gender/Sex: Mesothelioma incidence varies between genders. Historically, mesothelioma has been more commonly diagnosed in men due to occupational exposure to asbestos, which has been more prevalent in male-dominated industries such as construction, manufacturing, and mining. However, the gap in diagnosis between men and women has been narrowing as more cases related to secondary exposure (for example, through contact with asbestos-exposed family members) are being reported in women.
While these trends give a general idea, specific statistics can differ based on various factors including geographic location, occupational exposure, and individual health histories. Moreover, ongoing research and advancements in diagnosing mesothelioma might influence these statistics over time.
For the most recent and detailed statistics regarding mesothelioma by age and gender, I would recommend consulting updated medical journals, cancer registries, or authoritative websites like the American Cancer Society, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), or other reputable health organizations for the latest data and information.