Global use of asbestos and the incidence of mesothelioma

Int J Occup Environ Health. Jan-Mar 2004;10(1):22-5. doi: 10.1179/oeh.2004.10.1.22.

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.

MeSH terms

  • Asbestos / supply & distribution
  • Asbestos / toxicity*
  • Carcinogens / toxicity*
  • Environmental Pollutants / toxicity*
  • Global Health
  • Humans
  • Mesothelioma / chemically induced*
  • Mesothelioma / epidemiology
  • Occupational Diseases / chemically induced
  • Occupational Diseases / epidemiology
  • Occupational Exposure / adverse effects
  • Pleural Neoplasms / chemically induced*
  • Pleural Neoplasms / epidemiology
  • Registries

Substances

  • Carcinogens
  • Environmental Pollutants
  • Asbestos