Some people use statistics to try to figure out their chances of getting cancer or how likely it is that they will be cured. Statistics show what happens with large groups of people. However, because no two people are alike, you can't use statistics to find out what will happen to you.
These are statistics from the American Cancer Society about malignant mesothelioma:
Malignant mesothelioma is rare. About 3,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with the disease each year.
Men are more likely than women to get this type of cancer.
Most people who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma have been in contact with asbestos.