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Pleural mesothelioma in Mexican workers often related to work

Mexican study: To identify the proportion of cases of malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) that can be attributed to and occupational exposure to asbestos, we carried out a case-control study in 472 workers: 119 incident cases and 353 controls. Odds Ratios, adjusted for age and gender and by exposure category, exhibited an increase with probability of exposure as follows: 3.7(95% CI 1.3-10.4) for the likely category and 14.3(95% CI 8-26) for the certain category; Attributable risks (AR) in the group occupationally exposed to asbestos was 83.2%, and the population AR was 44%. The results show that the relationship between industrial uses of all forms of asbestos is generating an increase in mesothelioma-related diseases and deaths among Mexican workers

Case-control study of pleural mesothelioma in workers with social security in Mexico
Guadalupe Aguilar-Madrid, MD, MSc, PhD, Eduardo Robles-Pérez, MD, MSc, Cuauhtémoc Arturo Juárez-Pérez, MD, MSc, Isabel Alvarado-Cabrero, MD, Flavio Gerardo Rico-Méndez, MD, Kelly-García Javier, MD 
American Journal of Industrial Medicine, published online 16 Dec 2009 Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Chemical agents, Mesothelioma, Occupational cancer, Occupational exposure, ,

Insurance and claim data on occupational diseases

Last year, the number of occupational disease claims rose by 6% according to figures from the Center for Insurance Statistics (CVS) in the Netherlands. More than three quarters of these claims relate to asbestos-related diseases. The reports of mesothelioma increased by 10% and its financial burden increased by 72% to 10 million euros.

The annual financial burden of all occupational diseases is 14 million euros. This burden increased by 46% in 2008 as compared to 2007 . Nellie Martens, linked to the Asbestos Institute, explains the long latency of asbestos: it takes on average 38 years before mesothelioma becomes visible. Since only in 1993 the asbestos ban went into force, it is to be expected that more patients will be diagnosed in the coming years. Until 2017 the number of victims will remain stable or rise slightly, and after that the number decreased gradually.

The average claim size of occupational diseases has increased slightly over 2008 and came out to almost 31,000 euros. Mesothelioma claims increased the most, rising almost 20%. The RSI claims have fallen sharply in the past six years.

Filed under: Mesothelioma, Workers' compensation, , , , ,

HSE Podcast “Asbestos: The Hidden Killer”

In the October podcast, HSE’s Steve Coldrick talks about the Asbestos – the Hidden Killer campaign:

Listen to October 2009 Podcast – Asbestos: The Hidden Killer


Filed under: Chemical agents, Mesothelioma, Occupational cancer,

Asbestosis figures from British Columbia

To get insight in the true burden of asbestosis in the population it’s not enough to rely on a single source. Triangulation of workers’ compensation, hospitalisation and outpatient databases records is necessary to get a better picture.

Population-based asbestosis surveillance in British Columbia
W Q Gan, P A Demers, C B McLeod M Koehoorn
Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2009;66:766-771  Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Chemical agents, lung, Mesothelioma, ,

Asbest-related pleural mesothelioma in 31 countries

Asbest-related pleural mesothelioma is one of the most recognized occupational cancers. Although there are a lot of countries where the use of asbest is banned, people still die from this type of cancer. Interesting assessment of mortality in this free article:

Recent Mortality from Pleural Mesothelioma, Historical Patterns of Asbestos Use and Adoption of Bans: A Global Assessment

Kunihito Nishikawa, Ken Takahashi, Antti Karjalainen, Chi-Pang Wen, Sugio Furuya, Tsutomu Hoshuyama,
Miwako Todoroki, Yoshifumi Kiyomoto, Donald Wilson, Toshiaki Higashi, Megu Ohtaki, Guowei Pan, and Gregory Wagner
Online 14 August 2008

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Filed under: Chemical agents, Mesothelioma, , ,


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