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Environmental asbestos exposure and mesothelioma.

Authors
Orenstein-MR; Schenker-MB
Source
Curr Opin Pulm Med 2000 Jul; 6(4):371-377
NIOSHTIC No.
20032398
Abstract
Epidemiologic studies of mesothelioma have focused primarily on occupational exposures to asbestos. Nonoccupational exposure to asbestos can be grouped into three main categories: paraoccupational (familial), neighborhood, and true environmental exposures. Elevated mesothelioma rates not attributable to occupational exposures have been observed in asbestos mining and manufacturing areas. Asbestos is one of the most dangerous environmental carcinogens because of the small dose known to cause mesothelioma and the rapid lethality of the disease once it develops. Further research is needed to characterize the contribution and risk profile for environmental asbestos and mesothelioma, and for the development of public health policy.
Keywords
Asbestos-fibers; Asbestos-industry; Asbestos-workers; Asbestosis; Epidemiology; Exposure-levels; Exposure-limits; Exposure-assessment; Mesothelial-cells; Lung; Lung-cancer; Lung-disease; Lung-disorders; Lung-fibrosis; Lung-tissue; Carcinogenicity; Carcinogens; Carcinomas; Risk-analysis; Work-environment
Contact
Marc Schenker, Department of Epidemiology and Prevention Medicine, One Shields Avenue, TB 16B, University of California, Davis California 95616-8638
CODEN
COPMFY
Publication Date
20000701
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
schenker@epm.ucdavis.edu
Funding Amount
1055222
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2000
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U07-CCU-906162
Issue of Publication
4
ISSN
1070-5287
Source Name
Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine
State
CA
Performing Organization
University of California - Davis
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