This exposure assessment application will contribute to improved understandings and predictions of asbestos-related diseases....
Raleigh, NC (PRWEB) April 10, 2015
Researchers in Western Australia have used detailed industrial data to create a matrix for predicting which workers are most likely to contract deadly malignant mesothelioma. Surviving Mesothelioma has just posted news of the research on its website. Click here to read it now.
A panel of University of Western Australia researchers and industrial hygienists came up with asbestos exposure estimates for multiple occupations in 60 different industries between 1943 and 2014. Their goal was to find those at highest risk for diseases such as mesothelioma.
“This exposure assessment application will contribute to improved understandings and predictions of asbestos-related diseases and attributions of disease causation,” writes lead author Svein Van Oyen, a respiratory sleep scientist.
The study in the Annals of Occupational Hygiene used location-specific industry data so that doctors will be more likely to recognize early signs of mesothelioma in higher risk individuals.
“The difficulty of recognizing mesothelioma early is one of the things that makes this disease so deadly,” says Alex Strauss, Managing Editor of Surviving Mesothelioma. “A matrix to help call attention to the highest-risk individuals could potentially be life-saving for many.”
For a more thorough explanation of how the mesothelioma prediction matrix was created and what it could mean for workers, see Using a Job Exposure Matrix to Predict Mesothelioma, now available on the Surviving Mesothelioma website.
Van Oyen, Svein et al, “Development of a Job-Exposure Matrix (AsbJEM) to Estimate Occupational Exposure to Asbestos in Australia,” April 3, 2015, Annals of Occupational Hygiene, Epub ahead of print, http://annhyg.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2015/04/03/annhyg.mev017.abstract
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