New Study Supports Link Between Length of Occupational Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma Risk, According to Surviving Mesothelioma

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Italian researchers say the longer a person was employed in an asbestos industry, the greater their chances of eventually developing mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma Risk Among Asbestos Workers

Asbestos Workers and Mesothelioma

The risk of malignant pleural mesothelioma and lung cancer increases at any additional duration of work...

Scientists in Padova, Italy used public cancer and mesothelioma registries to track the outcomes of asbestos workers who were still alive when the country implemented its asbestos ban in 1992. What they found was that those who worked in their jobs the longest had the highest mesothelioma rates. Surviving Mesothelioma has just posted an article on the new research. Click here to read it now.

Research led by the organization SPISAL, which is dedicated to workplace health and safety, tracked the rates of mesothelioma and lung cancer over a 20-year period in people who were eligible to take early retirement because of asbestos exposure.

“The risk of malignant pleural mesothelioma and lung cancer increases at any additional duration of work, up to very high values for long term durations of work for MPM and up to a three-fold increase for LC,” writes study author Enzo Merler.

The research, published in the Italian journal Epidemiology and Prevention, recommends that former asbestos workers be closely monitored for early signs of mesothelioma or lung cancer.

“This study has an important message for people who know they have been exposed to asbestos, regardless of the length of the exposure,” says Surviving Mesothelioma’s Managing Editor, Alex Strauss. “It’s important that they have regular checkups and know the signs of mesothelioma.”

To read more about the findings of the Italian study, see Asbestos Workers: Longer Employment Equals Higher Mesothelioma Risk, now available on the Surviving Mesothelioma website.

Merler, E, et al “Increased risk of mesothelioma and lung cancer among workers exposed to asbestos who could require an anticipated retirement”, Epidemiology and Prevention, Jan/Feb 2016, pp. 26 - 34. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26951730

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