According to the American Cancer Society, death rate from cancer in the U.S. has continued to decline since the 1900's. Factors like early detection and treatment, prevention and lifestyle changes have helped.
Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that is primarily caused by exposure to asbestos. It is difficult to diagnose and treat. People working in asbestos-related industries like shipyard workers, those working in asbestos mines and mills, heating and construction industries are at risk. Environmental and secondary exposure are also dangerous.
Today, there are a number of organizations disseminating information on mesothelioma in an effort to help combat this deadly disease and help those suffering from it.