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Which U.S. States Have The Highest Mesothelioma Rates?

Mesothelioma is a type of cancer caused by asbestos exposure. Individuals anywhere can develop mesothelioma, but there are certain regions with higher incidence rates. Let's take a look at some of them.


High rates of mesothelioma in certain states are tied to asbestos exposure. States with a high incidence rate (1.43 to 1.65 cases per 100,000 population) include:

  • Alaska
  • Maine
  • New Jersey
  • Washington
  • West Virginia

States with an elevated incidence rate (1.25 to 1.42 cases per 100,000 population) include:

  • Delaware
  • Louisiana
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • New Hampshire
  • Pennsylvania
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Why do these states tend to have higher rates of mesothelioma? It's often due to the prevalence of certain industries, including s hipping, mining, refineries, chemical plants, and, in the case of New Jersey, it was home to one of the largest asbestos manufacturers. Some of these regions have naturally occurring deposits of asbestos as well.

The state with the most mesothelioma-related deaths is California. It has many of the largest deposits of naturally occurring asbestos in the United States, and is home to two of America's busiest ports.

Men have a higher incidence rate than women, which may be explained by a higher risk of occupational exposure in industries, such as ship building, mining, construction, home renovation, etc.

It is common to see mesothelioma diagnoses in areas that rely heavily on asbestos, and where workers are exposed to asbestos in their jobs. However, it is important to note that asbestos exposure has occurred all over the United States, and individuals anywhere can be diagnosed with mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses.

This data is from the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health.

Free consultation: If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, the law firm of Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman, LLC, can help. We represent clients nationwide. Call 843-410-3956.

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