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Malignant mesothelioma mortality in the United States, 1999-2001.

Authors
Bang-KM; Pinheiro-GA; Wood-JM; Syamlal-G
Source
Int J Occup Environ Health 2006 Jan-Mar; 12(1):9-15
NIOSHTIC No.
20029493
Abstract
Malignant mesothelioma is strongly associated with asbestos exposure. This paper describes demographic, geographic, and occupational distributions of mesothelioma mortality in the United States, 1999-2001. The data (n = 7,524) were obtained from the National Center for Health Statistics multiple-cause-of-death records. Mortality rates (per million per year) were ageadjusted to the 2000 U.S. standard population, and proportionate mortality ratios (PMRs) were calculated by occupation and industry, and adjusted for age, sex, and race. The overall age-adjusted mortality rate was 11.52, with males (22.34) showing a sixfold higher rate than females (3.94). Geographic distribution of mesothelioma mortality is predominantly coastal. Occupations with significantly elevated PMRs included plumbers/pipefitters and mechanical engineers. Industries with significantly elevated PMRs included ship and boat building and repairing, and industrial and miscellaneous chemicals. These surveillance findings can be useful in generating hypotheses and developing strategies to prevent mesothelioma.
Keywords
Mortality-data; Mortality-rates; Diseases; Occupational-diseases; Respiratory-system-disorders; Occupational-exposure; Asbestosis; Demographic-characteristics; Age-factors; Racial-factors; Sex-factors; Mesothelial-cells; Surveillance
Contact
Ki Moon Bang, PhD, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Division of Respiratory Disease Studies, 1095 Willowdale Road, Morgantown, WV 26505
CODEN
IOEHFU
CAS No.
1332-21-4; 1318-02-1
Publication Date
20060101
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
2006
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
1
ISSN
1077-3525
NIOSH Division
DRDS
Source Name
International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health
State
WV
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