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Recent mortality from pleural mesothelioma, historical patterns of asbestos use, and adoption of bans: a global assessment.

Authors
Nishikawa-K; Takahashi-K; Karjalainen-A; Wen-CP; Furuya-S; Hoshuyama-T; Todoroki-M; Kiyomoto-Y; Wilson-D; Higashi-T; Ohtaki-M; Pan-GW; Wagner-G
Source
Environ Health Perspect 2008 Dec; 116(12):1675-1680
NIOSHTIC No.
20034835
Abstract
BACKGROUND: in response to the health risks posed by asbestos exposure, some countries have imposed strict regulations and adopted bans, whereas other countries have intervened less and continue to use varying quantities of asbestos. OBJECTIVES: this study was designed to assess, on a global scale, national experiences of recent mortality from pleural mesotheliomal historical trends in asbestos use, adoption of bans, and their possible interrelationships. METHODS: for 31 countries with available data, we analyzed recent pleural mesothelioma (International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision) mortality rates (MRs) using age-adjusted period MRs (deaths/million/year) from 1996 to 2005. We calculated annual percent changes (APCs) in age-adjusted MRs to characterize trends during the period. We characterized historical patterns of asbestos use by per capita asbestos use (kilograms per capita/year) and the status of national bans. RESULTS: period MRs increased with statistical significance in five countries, with marginal significance in two countries, and were equivocal in 24 countries (five countries in Northern and Western Europe recorded negative APC values). Countries adopting asbestos bans reduced use rates about twice as fast as those not adopting bans. Turning points in use preceded bans. Change in asbestos use during 1970-1985 was a significant predictor of APC in mortality for pleural mesothelioma, with an adjusted R-2 value of 0.47 (p < 0.0001). CONCLUSIONS: the observed disparities in global mesothelioma trends likely relate to country-to-country disparities in asbestos use trends.
Keywords
Cancer; Cancer-rates; Mortality-rates; Epidemiology; Statistical-analysis; Humans; Health-hazards; Mesothelial-cells; Age-factors; Disease-vectors; Asbestos-industry; Asbestos-products; Asbestos-dust; Asbestos-workers; Occupational-diseases; Occupational-exposure; Occupational-hazards; Occupational-health; Work-environment; Work-practices; Author Keywords: asbestos; asbestos-related diseases; ban; epidemiology; lung cancer; mesothelioma; mortality; occupational cancer; pleural mesothelioma
Contact
Ken Takahashi, Department of Environmental Epidemiology, Institute of Industrial Ecological Sciences, University of Occupational and Environmental Health, 1-1 Iseigaoka, Yahatanishiku, Kitakyushu City 807-8555, Japan.
CODEN
EVHPAZ
CAS No.
1332-21-4
Publication Date
20090101
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
ktaka@med.uoeh-u.ac.jp
Fiscal Year
2009
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
12
ISSN
0091-6765
NIOSH Division
OD
Source Name
Environmental Health Perspectives
State
DC
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