Swedish Study Shows Asbestos Ban Has Had Little Impact on the Country’s Mesothelioma Rates, According to Surviving Mesothelioma

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Researchers say people who worked in 24 key occupations remain at highest risk for asbestos cancer, even though Sweden has banned asbestos for more than 30 years.

Mesothelioma Rates Unchanged by Asbestos Ban

Asbestos Ban Has Yet to Impact Mesothelioma Rates

Increased risks of mesothelioma of the pleura were observed in male-dominated occupations...

Scientists at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden have just released new findings on the mesothelioma risk posed by various different jobs and its relationship to the country’s 1982 asbestos ban. Surviving Mesothelioma has just published a new article on the findings. Click here to read it now.

Of the 280 occupations analyzed in the newly-published study, 24 of them were found to carry an elevated risk for malignant mesothelioma.

“Among men, increased risks of mesothelioma of the pleura were observed in male-dominated occupations, with the greatest elevation of risk among plumbers,” writes Nils Plato, a Chemical Engineer with the Institute of Environmental Medicine at the Karolinska Institute.

According to the report in Epidemiology and Health, as of 2009, the ban on asbestos instituted in 1982 had yet to show any “clear effect” on the number of mesothelioma diagnoses in the country.

“Because mesothelioma takes decades to develop, it can decades for an asbestos ban to impact incidence of the disease,” says Alex Strauss, Managing Editor of Surviving Mesothelioma. “This study is a clear argument for ‘sooner is better than later’ when it comes to banning asbestos.”

Although 58 countries have now banned asbestos because of its link to mesothelioma, the US has yet to do so.

To read more about the results of the Swedish study, including some surprising careers that carried a mesothelioma risk among women, see Swedish Mesothelioma Rates Unaffected By Asbestos Ban, now available on the Surviving Mesothelioma website.

Plato, N, et al, “Occupations and mesothelioma in Sweden: updated incidence in men and women in the 27 years after the asbestos ban”, September 20, 2016, Epidemiology and Health, eCollection 2016, http://www.e-epih.org/journal/view.php?number=863

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