Mesothelioma is a rare but highly fatal cancer that is closely tied to asbestos exposure. At least 65% of cases of mesothelioma are thought to be related to asbestos exposure at work. Although it can occur in a number of body sites, the most common location is the layer of tissue lining the chest cavity called the pleura.
Between 1980 and 2006, the number of mesothelioma cases among men rose steadily from about 30 to 177. The number of cases of mesothelioma among men continues to rise in Ontario. Despite the strong relationship between asbestos exposure at work and mesothelioma, many patients do not file for workers’ compensation.