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Mesothelioma Incidence: Previsions revisited

“Increasing male mesothelioma incidence for many years was undoubtedly the result of exposure to asbestos. The high mesothelioma risk was prominently influenced by exposure to amphibole asbestos (crocidolite and amosite), which reached its peak usage in the 1960s and thereafter declined. A different pattern in some other countries (continuing rise in incidence) may be related to their great and later amphibole use, particularly crocidolite. The known latency period for the development of this tumour provides biological plausibility for the recent decline in mesothelioma incidence in the USA”.

This conclusion is signed by scientists H.Weill (Medecine, Tulane University, New Orleans, USA), J.M. Hugues (Biostatistics, Tulane University, New Orleans, USA) and A.M. Churg (Pathology, University of British Colombia, Canada).

Learn more about “Changing trends in US mesothelioma” study at