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Environmental asbestos exposure and mesothelioma.
Orenstein MR; Schenker MB
Curr Opin Pulm Med 2000 Jul; 6(4):371-377
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.
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
Marc Schenker, Department of Epidemiology and Prevention Medicine, One Shields Avenue, TB 16B, University of California, Davis California 95616-8638
Issue of Publication
Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine
University of California - Davis
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