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Life Expectancy

Mesothelioma is one of the deadliest forms of cancer. According to the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance, mesothelioma patients generally have a life expectancy of 12 to 21 months after being diagnosed and only 9 percent of mesothelioma patients survive longer than five years. There are many forms of mesothelioma, but all of them are caused by asbestos and almost nothing else.

Factors that Affect Life Expectancy

There are a number of factors that impact how long a mesothelioma patient survives after diagnosis including the stage of the disease, its location, the patient’s age and medical history.

Disease Stage

If mesothelioma is diagnosed during the first or second stage, when spreading is minimal, treatments can be effective and improve life expectancy. When discovered at later stages, treatment is more difficult and often used to relieve symptoms rather than extend life.

Mesothelioma location

Each type of mesothelioma produces a different life expectancy. For example, patients diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma, the most common form, tend to have a shorter life expectancy than those diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma or pericardial mesothelioma. Testicular mesothelioma patients tend to have the longest life expectancy, particularly when the disease is caught and treated early.


On average, older patients with mesothelioma have shorter life expectancies than those who are younger.

Medical History

A patient’s medical history and habits can also have a significant impact on one’s mesothelioma diagnosis. Genetics and one’s overall health also play a role in the ability to fight mesothelioma.

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If you or a family member have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be eligible for compensation for your medical bills as well as other expenses. Contact our office today at 877-341-2595 or online to schedule your free consultation.

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