New Research Links Mesothelioma with Geographic Location, According to Surviving Mesothelioma

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Scientists say where people live can affect their risk of getting mesothelioma.

Naturally Occurring Asbestos and Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma Risk Higher Near Asbestos Sites

This study is an important reminder that asbestos does occur naturally and can pose a risk to anyone...

A new study conducted in Turkey finds that people living downwind of naturally-occurring asbestos are more than twice as likely to eventually contract the asbestos cancer, mesothelioma. Click here to read more about the new research on Surviving Mesothelioma.

Researchers with Dicle University in Diyarbakir, Turkey tracked the birthplaces of 180 mesothelioma patients in the region and found that most cases of mesothelioma occurred within 20 kilometers of asbestos sites.

“The malignant mesothelioma incidence inside of NOA [naturally occurring asbestos areas] was 1059/100,000, and out of NOA was 397/100,000; this difference was significant,” writes study author Dr. Abdurrahman Abakay in Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine.

In addition, the team found that people who lived within a 30 degree angle of the dominant wind direction had the highest mesothelioma risk.

“Although we tend to think of mesothelioma as a disease primarily affecting asbestos workers, this study is an important reminder that asbestos does occur naturally and can pose a risk to anyone who comes near it,” says Surviving Mesothelioma’s Managing Editor, Alex Strauss.

To read more about the study findings and areas where asbestos occurs naturally in the US, see Mesothelioma Risk is Higher Near Natural Asbestos, now available on the Surviving Mesothelioma website.

Abakay, A, et al, “High-risk mesothelioma relation to meteorological and geological condition and distance from naturally occurring asbestos”, December 21, 2015, Environmental Health and PReventive Medicine, Epub ahead of print,

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