New Analysis Highlights Long-Term Mesothelioma Risk for Shipbuilders, According to Surviving Mesothelioma

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Occupational medicine specialists in Italy say the risk of asbestos-related diseases among shipbuilders may be even higher and longer-lasting than previously thought.

Mesothelioma Risk Among Shipyard Workers

Shipbuilding and Mesothelioma Risk

The lung burden analysis of asbestos bodies and asbestos fibres...confirms the spread and relevance of asbestos exposure.

A new study published in Italy suggests that former shipyard workers who carry the most asbestos in their lungs are the most likely to develop mesothelioma, even many decades after exposure has ended. Surviving Mesothelioma has just posted an article on the new research. Click here to read the details.

The Italian report points to the continued long-term risk of malignant mesothelioma among thousands of former shipyard workers around the world.

“The lung burden analysis of asbestos bodies and asbestos fibres, the largest ever performed among ship-building workers, confirms the spread and relevance of asbestos exposure,” writes study author Pietrogino Barbieri.

The new report, published in an Italian occupational medicine journal, includes an evaluation of 192 cases of malignant mesothelioma, 196 cases of lung cancer, and 14 cases of asbestosis in shipyard workers from 1996 to 2015.

“One of the most sobering aspects of this report is the fact that mesothelioma among shipyard workers did not show up for an average of 31 years after last exposure,” says Alex Strauss., Managing Editor of Surviving Mesothelioma “Unfortunately, it means that shipyard-related mesothelioma cases will likely continue to occur around the world."

Asbestos was used as an insulator throughout ships from as early as the 1930s until as late as the 80s. People who now work to dismantle ships (shipbreaking) may still be exposed to this asbestos. To read more about mesothelioma risk among shipyard workers, including the details of the new Italian study, see Mesothelioma Study Contains Sobering News for former Shipyard Workers, now available on the Surviving Mesothelioma website.

Barbieri, P and Sommigliana A, “Asbestos-related diseases and biological index of cumulative dose in shipyard workers (1996-2015)”, July 26, 2016, La Medicina Del Lavoro, pp. 315-326,

For nearly ten years, Surviving Mesothelioma has brought readers the most important and ground-breaking news on the causes, diagnosis and treatment of mesothelioma. All Surviving Mesothelioma news is gathered and reported directly from the peer-reviewed medical literature. Written for patients and their loved ones, Surviving Mesothelioma news helps families make more informed decisions.

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