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Epidemiology of Mesothelioma

Interdisciplinary Department of Medicine, Section of Occupational Medicine “B. Ramazzini”, University of Bari Medical School, Giulio Cesare Square 11, 70124 Bari, Italy
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Environments 2019, 6(7), 76;
Received: 13 June 2019 / Revised: 24 June 2019 / Accepted: 27 June 2019 / Published: 1 July 2019
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Since 1973 the International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified asbestos as a certain carcinogen, but today it is still used in several countries. To date, mesothelioma risk is certainly linked not only to occupational exposures but also to environmental exposures. The incidence and mortality are increasing worldwide, especially in developing countries where asbestos is still often used without adequate measures for worker safety. The epidemiological surveillance systems of related asbestos diseases are instruments of public health adopted internationally. The experience and the operating methodology of the Italian mesothelioma registry and the data produced from 1996 to 2015 highlight how in countries where the asbestos ban has been active for over 20 years the risk of asbestos remains present, especially in the construction sector as well as for the environmental exposures of the resident population near companies that used asbestos in their production cycle. Worldwide, it is necessary to introduce the ban on the extraction, processing, and marketing of asbestos as claimed by the international scientific community. View Full-Text
Keywords: asbestos; mesothelioma; incidence; mortality; surveillance systems; mesothelioma Registry; public health; review asbestos; mesothelioma; incidence; mortality; surveillance systems; mesothelioma Registry; public health; review
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Cavone, D.; Caputi, A.; De Maria, L.; Cannone, E.S.S.; Mansi, F.; Birtolo, F.; Delfino, M.C.; Vimercati, L. Epidemiology of Mesothelioma. Environments 2019, 6, 76.

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