Epidemiology of Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma in Europe
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Andrew Darnton, Clare Gilham and Julian Peto
Asbestos has been used extensively in Europe for well over 100 years and
annual mesothelioma mortality is still increasing. However, the rapid decline in usage
led to a substantial reduction in exposures in European worker populations. This effect
can be seen in declining death rates in younger age groups in most countries.
Projections suggest that peaks will typically occur over the next decade. Although
asbestos is now banned in European Union member states, some countries in the east of
Europe continue to produce and consume asbestos in large quantities. Even within the
EU, however, much asbestos remains in place in older buildings and strict control of
abatement work will be required.
Amosite, asbestos, chisotyle, crocidolite, epidemiology, Europe.
Statistics and Epidemiology Unit, Health & Safety Executive 1.2, Redgrave Court, Merton Rood, L20 7HS, Bootle, UK.