Evidence From Epidemiology and Health Surveillance

Roberto G. Lucchini, Dana Hashim, Luca Lambertini, Donatella Placidi

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Asbestos exposure is still relevant across the world and increases the risk of malignant mesothelioma through known and less known occupational exposure, as well as nonoccupational exposure. Cumulative exposure increases the risk of mesothelioma even at low doses of less than 0.1 (fiber/mL) years. Therefore, current legal standards are not protective for prolonged exposure and incremental exposure at any concentration can increase the risk of the disease. Individuals with previous exposure should not be further exposed even at “low” levels to avoid increased risk. Even after 40–50 years after the exposure, the risk of mesothelioma increases and it is not clear whether it may reduce afterwards.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMalignant Pleural Mesothelioma
Subtitle of host publicationA Guide for Clinicians
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9780128127247
ISBN (Print)9780128127254
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2019


  • Malignant mesothelioma
  • asbestos fibers
  • occupational and environmental exposure


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