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Global use of asbestos and the incidence of mesothelioma.

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Type
Published Article
Journal
International journal of occupational and environmental health
Publication Date
Volume
10
Issue
1
Pages
22–25
Identifiers
PMID: 15070022
Source
Medline

Abstract

In Western Europe, Scandinavia, North America, and Australia the manufacture and use of asbestos products peaked in the 1970s. Current incidences of mesothelioma range from 14 to 35 cases/million/year in 11 industrialized countries that had used asbestos 2.0 to 5.5 kg/capita/year about 25 years earlier. A significant linear correlation (r = 0.80, p 0.01) exists between the two variables. Accordingly, about 170 tons of produced and consumed asbestos will cause at least one death from mesothelioma, most often as a consequence of occupational exposure.

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