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Malignant mesothelioma mortality - United States, 1999--2005.

Authors
Bang-KM; Mazurek-JM; Storey-E; Attfield-MD; Schleiff-PL; Wood-JM; Wassell-JT
Source
MMWR 2009 Apr; 58(15):393-396
NIOSHTIC No.
20035403
Abstract
Malignant mesothelioma is a fatal cancer primarily associated with exposure to asbestos. The latency period between first exposure to asbestos and clinical disease usually is 20--40 years. Although asbestos is no longer mined in the United States, the mineral is still imported, and a substantial amount of asbestos remaining in buildings eventually will be removed, either during remediation or demolition. Currently, an estimated 1.3 million construction and general industry workers potentially are being exposed to asbestos. To characterize mortality attributed to mesothelioma, CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) analyzed annual multiple-cause-of-death records for 1999--2005, the most recent years for which complete data are available. For those years, a total of 18,068 deaths of persons with malignant mesothelioma were reported, increasing from 2,482 deaths in 1999 to 2,704 in 2005, but the annual death rate was stable (14.1 per million in 1999 and 14.0 in 2005). Maintenance, renovation, or demolition activities that might disturb asbestos should be performed with precautions that sufficiently prevent exposures for workers and the public. In addition, physicians should document the occupational history of all suspected and confirmed mesothelioma cases.
Keywords
Cancer; Cancer-rates; Asbestos-fibers; Asbestos-products; Asbestos-removal; Asbestos-workers; Malignant-neoplasms; Mesothelial-cells; Mortality-data; Mortality-rates; Demographic-characteristics; Regulations; Respiratory-system-disorders; Pulmonary-cancer; Lung-cancer; Industrial-exposures; Surveillance
Contact
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Division of Respiratory Disease Studies, 1095 Willowdale Road, Morgantown, WV 26505
CODEN
MMWRB6
CAS No.
1332-21-4
Publication Date
20090424
Document Type
Journal Article; Trade
Fiscal Year
2009
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
15
ISSN
0892-3787
NIOSH Division
DRDS; DSR
Source Name
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
State
WV
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