How many people have been harmed by asbestos?

An exact number may never be known. Millions have been exposed, and many workers were exposed to high concentrations of asbestos over many years in certain work places. These are the most at risk. Though reports of new cases of mesothelioma have declined to less than 2,500 annually and will continue to decline in coming years, latency periods for some types of asbestos harm are still unknown, and at least minimal new case reports are anticipated for several more years.

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