The extremely long latency of malignant pleural mesothelioma means that its influence is not yet observable.
Raleigh, NC (PRWEB) September 15, 2014
Researchers in Italy say the asbestos ban instituted by the country in 1992 has yet to have an observable impact on the number of people developing mesothelioma. Click here to read a new article on the research on the Surviving Mesothelioma website.
Scientists with the Local Health Authority of Padua evaluated mesothelioma incidence in the Veneto Region of Italy between 1987 and 2010.
“The asbestos ban introduced in Italy in the year 1992 as a prospective result will certainly determine a decreasing incidence,” writes lead author Paolo Girardi. “However, the extremely long latency of malignant pleural mesothelioma means that its influence is not yet observable.”
The study, published in Cancer Epidemiology, tracked 1,600 cases of mesothelioma over the 23-year evaluation period.
“This study is confirmation that there is no time to waste when it comes to instituting asbestos regulations to protect people from mesothelioma,” says Surviving Mesothelioma Managing Editor Alex Strauss. “Even a total ban can take many years to have a significant impact on public health.”
To learn more about the findings of the Italian study and mesothelioma trends, see Study Suggests Asbestos Bans May Take Decades to Lower Mesothelioma Rates now available on the Surviving Mesothelioma website.
Paolo, G et al, “Past trends and future prediction of mesothelioma incidence in an industrialized area of Italy, the Veneto Region”, September 5, 2014, Cancer Epidemiology, Epub head of print, http://www.cancerepidemiology.net/article/S1877-7821(14)00147-7/abstract
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