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Mesothelioma in Agriculture in Lombardy, Italy: An Unrecognized Risk

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Occupational Health Unit, Fondazione IRCCS Ca’ Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, 20122 Milan, Italy
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Post Graduation School of Occupational Medicine, Università degli Studi di Milano, 20122 Milan, Italy
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Department of Clinical and Community Science, Università degli Studi di Milano, 20122 Milan, Italy
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(1), 358; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18010358
Received: 5 December 2020 / Revised: 28 December 2020 / Accepted: 1 January 2021 / Published: 5 January 2021
Cohort studies showed consistently low risks for malignant mesothelioma (MM) among agricultural workers, however the investigated exposures did not include asbestos. Our aim is to describe sources of asbestos exposure of MM in agriculture. Twenty-six MM cases in agricultural or seed trades workers were identified through the MM registry of the Lombardy region, Italy in 2000–2016. Asbestos exposures were investigated through a standardized questionnaire. The most frequent exposure circumstances were recycled jute bags previously containing asbestos (11 cases) and maintenance and repair of asbestos roofs (12 subjects). Three subjects performed maintenance and repair of tractor asbestos brakes and two used asbestos filters for wine production. Our data suggest asbestos exposure opportunities in the agricultural setting, underlining the need to look for this exposure in subjects affected with mesothelioma. View Full-Text
Keywords: malignant mesothelioma; asbestos exposure; agriculture; occupational cancers malignant mesothelioma; asbestos exposure; agriculture; occupational cancers
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Mensi, C.; Dallari, B.; Polonioli, M.; Riboldi, L.; Consonni, D.; Pesatori, A.C. Mesothelioma in Agriculture in Lombardy, Italy: An Unrecognized Risk. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 358. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18010358

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Mensi C, Dallari B, Polonioli M, Riboldi L, Consonni D, Pesatori AC. Mesothelioma in Agriculture in Lombardy, Italy: An Unrecognized Risk. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(1):358. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18010358

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Mensi, Carolina; Dallari, Barbara; Polonioli, Marco; Riboldi, Luciano; Consonni, Dario; Pesatori, Angela C. 2021. "Mesothelioma in Agriculture in Lombardy, Italy: An Unrecognized Risk" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 18, no. 1: 358. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18010358

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