Researchers and experts are concerned about the possible impact of the 9/11 disaster on mesothelioma in the coming years and decades.

It is generally agreed that the large amounts of asbestos released during the 9/11 disaster will have a substantial impact on the number of new mesothelioma cases in the United States in years to come.

9/11 concerns over new mesothelioma cases are further complicated by the fact that it usually takes 20 to 40 years after asbestos exposure for mesothelioma cases to start developing. Currently there are about 3,500 mesothelioma cases being treated annually in the country.

And even where mesothelioma does occur, it is not known exactly how many of these patients will be actually treated because there is usually a large number who are misdiagnosed as having metastatic adenocarcinoma which is another different form of cancer. This could further worsen the impact of 9/11 on new mesothelioma cases over the next couple of decades.

Then there are the usual problems that hinder treatment of mesothelioma like the medical community not bothering to refer patients to centers where potentially curative treatment can be given because it is generally believed that the disease has no known cure. The truth is that although mesothelioma experts are far from having a cure for all patients, recent developments of more effective treatments including radical surgery and advanced radiotherapeutic modalities now offer much better odds for longer survival to patients suffering from mesothelioma.

Before 9/11, researchers had expected the number of new mesothelioma cases to peak in the next few years and probably begin to fall. More so because of the major asbestos control initiatives of the 1970s.



We're here to help!

We live by our creed of "helping those who need it most" and have helped thousands of clients get the justice they desperately needed and deserved. If you feel you have a case or just have questions please contact us for a free consultation. There is no risk and no fees unless we win for you.

Fields marked    may be required for submission.
  1. I'm an attorney

Ban Asbestos Now Act of 2017 proposed in Senate

At the end of October, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it would be adjusting the...

EPA limits reach of toxic chemical evaluations

The EPA is reneging on promises to evaluate some of the most dangerous chemicals used by the public,...

Prevention remains the only way to end mesothelioma...

Mesothelioma is a deadly cancer that can affect the lining of the heart, the lining of the abdomen or,...

Controversial FACT Act headed to House floor for vote

The Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act of 2017 (FACT Act) or H.R. 906, uses the guise of...
asbestos dust hazard perimeter tape

Canada joins countries implementing asbestos bans

Asbestos, a group of fibrous silicate minerals, is a known carcinogen and is closely linked to the...

Asbestos in schools poses mesothelioma risk. Who is...

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), approximately 15 million students and 1.4...

Thank you for all your hard work

Thank you for all your hard work over the past years on my behalf and so many others. God bless you all.

—Ella