Regardless of race, about 40 percent of mesothelioma patients survive one year.
About 40 percent of patients with mesothelioma survive the first year after diagnosis.
That survival rate depends on many factors, including age, cancer stage, cancer type, race and gender.
This difference is largely because younger patients are eligible for more intensive treatments like surgery.
Older individuals may not be candidates for these procedures because of poor overall health or a high risk of complications.
When asbestos use was far more pervasive decades ago, the few women who did develop a related illness were usually exposed because they lived near mines or factories – especially those that processed the mineral.
Women also found themselves exposed by spouses, family members or friends who worked around asbestos brought home the tiny fibers on their clothes.
Long-term survivors attribute their success to treatment from a mesothelioma specialist, alternative medicine and nutritional changes.
Researchers describe the mesothelioma survival rate in several ways.
Research shows that women with pleural mesothelioma experience nearly three-fold better survival rate compared to men.