Upcoming epidemic of asbestos-related malignant pleural mesothelioma in Taiwan: A prediction of incidence in the next 30 years

ConclusionThe MPM epidemic in Taiwan will likely peak in 2012–2020 as a result of local asbestos consumption. Approximately 659 new MPM cases in the next 30 years warrant an urgent need to implement a total asbestos ban and put more resources on a comprehensive surveillance, diagnosis, and follow-up health care system for ARDs.
Source: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research

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Authors: van Zandwijk N, Reid G, Frank AL Abstract Introduction: Asbestos, the most frequent cause of occupational cancer, continues to be consumed on a massive scale, with millions of people exposed on a daily basis. This review explains why we have failed in curtailing the silent epidemic of asbestos-related disease and why the numbers of asbestos victims are likely to remain high. Emerging and developed countries have to be reminded that asbestos exposure has yet to become a problem of the past. The worldwide spread of asbestos, followed by the surge of asbestos-related cancers, resembles the lung cancer epidemi...
Source: Expert Review of Anticancer Therapy - Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Expert Rev Anticancer Ther Source Type: research
The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation has postponed its annual International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma next month because of the COVID-19 virus, commonly known as the novel coronavirus. The event is the largest gathering of the mesothelioma community each year. It was scheduled for April 6-7 in San Antonio, Texas. Officials with the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation announced the postponement Wednesday but has not yet rescheduled. Each year, the symposium brings together patients, caregivers, advocates, attorneys, financial consultants, doctors and nurses from various disciplines. The goal is to edu...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - Category: Environmental Health Authors: Source Type: news
Almost 30 years after Italy passed sweeping legislation that banned the mining, use and commercialization of asbestos, the country is facing the peak of its mesothelioma cancer crisis. The worst has just arrived. Asbestos may be the primary cause of mesothelioma, but banning it did not slow the rate of diagnosis or death from this rare and aggressive cancer. The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health published an in-depth study recently that examined the connection in Italy between its ban of asbestos and the deaths from mesothelioma. Researchers found there is no immediate benefit from an asbest...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - Category: Environmental Health Authors: Source Type: news
Abstract In an editorial in an earlier issue of this journal, Johanson &Tinnerberg (1) expressed serious and well-founded concern over the large number of future occupational cancer cases that will result if exposures for a number of substances are not reduced below the so-called "binding occupational exposure limit values" (BOELV) issued by the EU (2). The balance between what is perceived as possible to comply with and the foreseeable health gain when setting BOELV is further discussed in a letter to the Editor by Cherrie (3). This debate raises several important aspects of how to protect workers f...
Source: Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health - Category: Occupational Health Authors: Tags: Scand J Work Environ Health Source Type: research
ConclusionHospitalizations data regarding asbestosis and silicosis are consistent. Silicosis had a higher impact than asbestosis on the Italian health system. Although data show decreasing incidence of both fibroses, multiple correspondence analysis highlights that levels of illness severity were higher in silicosis and increased over time in both diseases. Further studies investigating the effectiveness of the current health surveillance programs concerning these diseases are suggested.
Source: The European Journal of Public Health - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
Karain is a village in Cappadocia, Turkey, which experience an epidemic of MM. Total population was 875 in 1975. By 2014 it was reduced to 139 as approximately 400 of them died of MM and others migrated to Sweden, Ausralia, Urgup, and Western Europe hoping to reduce the risk of dying of MM. A mortality study performed in Karain between 1970-1994 showed that 58% of deaths were due to cancer:85% of cancer deaths were due to MPM(malignant pleural mesothelioma) and 4% to MPEM(malignant peritoneal mesothelioma). The M to F ratio was 1.4 and the median age of death was 55(YI Baris, J Natl Cancer Inst 2006). We linked MM to genet...
Source: European Respiratory Journal - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Tags: Pleural and Mediastinal Malignancies Source Type: research
Banning all forms of asbestos won’t end the problem of asbestos-related diseases. It is merely a good starting point. As more countries around the world move closer to an outright ban, Australia has become a reminder to guard against false hope. The Australian experience proves how unrelenting this problem is and how much more work must be done. Fifteen years after its much-celebrated ban of the toxic mineral, Australia has just reached its peak of asbestos-related diseases such as malignant mesothelioma cancer. “It took many years, and efforts from many organizations, for a complete ban to be put in place,&rdq...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - Category: Environmental Health Authors: Source Type: news
Authors: Melaiu O, Gemignani F, Landi S Abstract Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is a cancer of the pleural cavity whose main risk factor is exposure to asbestos. However, it has been shown that only a minority of exposed people develops MPM. In fact, the incidence among professionally exposed workers was shown to vary between 0.5% and 18.0%. Various hints suggested that other important cofactors could play a role, in particular the genetic susceptibility. Impressive is the case of Cappadocians families exposed to erionite and affected by an "epidemic" of MPM with about half of the inhabitants dying ...
Source: Journal of Thoracic Disease - Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Thorac Dis Source Type: research
Conclusion: Despite the limited reported study and limited included patient numbers, metabolic PET parameters seems to have a prognostic value in MPM. Results of our study are needed to confirm by prospective larger studies. Research Support: None
Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine - Category: Nuclear Medicine Authors: Tags: Lung Cancer II Source Type: research
Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is a rare and aggressive tumour type arising from the mesothelial surface of the pleural space. MPM is difficult to treat and commonly associated with asbestos exposure, which is its main risk factor [1]. In Europe, the incidence is about 20 per million, with large inter-country variation [2]. As a ban on the use of asbestos was proposed quite recently in most countries, and the median latency between asbestos exposure and MPM onset is about 40 years, incidence rates in some European nations are still rising, with peak incidences expected around 2020 and beyond. Moreover, asbestos ...
Source: European Respiratory Journal - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Tags: Lung cancer Editorials Source Type: research
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