Basic Summary for Mesothelioma


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Main name of condition: Mesothelioma
Other names or spellings: asbestos cancer


What is Mesothelioma?
  Brief description of Mesothelioma: Type of lung cancer associated with asbestos.
  Parent types of Mesothelioma: Cancer, Lung cancer, Lung conditions, Asbestos conditions
  Organs Affected by Mesothelioma: lung, pleura, lungs, peritoneum, perineum
  Types of Mesothelioma: Pleural mesothelioma, Peritoneal mesothelioma, Perineal mesothelioma, Malignant mesothelioma, Benign mesothelioma
How many people get Mesothelioma?
  Incidence (annual) of Mesothelioma: 563 new cases in the UK 2002(UK Government Statistics)
  Incidence Rate of Mesothelioma: approx 1 in 106,571 or 0.00% or 2,552 people in USA [about data]
How serious is Mesothelioma?
  Prognosis of Mesothelioma: Usually poor because mesothelioma is rarely diagnosed early.
  Deaths for Mesothelioma: 2,371 deaths in America 2001(NCHS, 2003)
  Complications of Mesothelioma: see complications of Mesothelioma
What causes Mesothelioma?
  Cause of Mesothelioma: Asbestos exposure causing fibers in the lungs.
  Class of Condition for Mesothelioma: cancer
  Causes of Mesothelioma: see causes of Mesothelioma
  Risk factors for Mesothelioma: see risk factors for Mesothelioma
What are the symptoms of Mesothelioma?
  Symptoms of Mesothelioma: see symptoms of Mesothelioma
Can anyone else get Mesothelioma?
  Contagion of cancer: generally not; see details in contagion of cancer.
How is it treated?
  Treatments for Mesothelioma: see treatments for Mesothelioma
  Prevention of Mesothelioma: see prevention of Mesothelioma
Society issues for Mesothelioma
  Hospitalization statistics for Mesothelioma: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Mesothelioma:
  • 0.1% (12,154) of hospital episodes were for malignant neoplasms of mesothelial and soft tissue in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 90% of hospital consultations for malignant neoplasms of mesothelial and soft tissue required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 60% of hospital episodes for malignant neoplasms of mesothelial and soft tissue were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 40% of hospital episodes for malignant neoplasms of mesothelial and soft tissue were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 23% of hospital admissions for malignant neoplasms of mesothelial and soft tissue required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 8.4 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for malignant neoplasms of mesothelial and soft tissue in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 4 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for malignant neoplasms of mesothelial and soft tissue in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 53 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for malignant neoplasms of mesothelial and soft tissue in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 38% of hospitalisations for malignant neoplasms of mesothelial and soft tissue occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 18% of hospitalisations for malignant neoplasms of mesothelial and soft tissue occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 31% of hospitalisations for malignant neoplasms of mesothelial and soft tissue were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.11% 59,264() of hospital bed days were for malignant neoplasms of mesothelial and soft tissue in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.036% (4,637) of hospital consultant episodes were for mesothelioma in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 84% of hospital consultant episodes for mesothelioma required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 84% of hospital consultant episodes for mesothelioma were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 16% of hospital consultant episodes for mesothelioma were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 34% of hospital consultant episodes for mesothelioma required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 8.5 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for mesothelioma in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 5 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for mesothelioma in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 66 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for mesothelioma in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 25% of hospital consultant episodes for mesothelioma occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 24% of hospital consultant episodes for mesothelioma occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 25% of hospital consultant episodes for mesothelioma were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.045% (23,559) of hospital bed days were for mesothelioma in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.0004% (49) of hospital consultant episodes were for benign neoplasm of mesothelial tissue in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 88% of hospital consultant episodes for benign neoplasm of mesothelial tissue required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 76% of hospital consultant episodes for benign neoplasm of mesothelial tissue were men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 24% of hospital consultant episodes for benign neoplasm of mesothelial tissue were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 40% of hospital consultant episodes for benign neoplasm of mesothelial tissue required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 9.9 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for benign neoplasm of mesothelial tissue in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 6 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for benign neoplasm of mesothelial tissue in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 61 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for benign neoplasm of mesothelial tissue in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 41% of hospital consultant episodes for benign neoplasm of mesothelial tissue occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 29% of hospital consultant episodes for benign neoplasm of mesothelial tissue occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 10% of hospital consultant episodes for benign neoplasm of mesothelial tissue were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.0007% (353) of hospital bed days were for benign neoplasm of mesothelial tissue in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)

Last revision: June 2, 2003

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