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Int J Occup Environ Health. 2004 Jan-Mar;10(1):22-5.

Global use of asbestos and the incidence of mesothelioma.

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Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Helsinki, Finland. atos@occuphealth.fi

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.

PMID:
15070022
DOI:
10.1179/oeh.2004.10.1.22
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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