A new study out of Italy confirmed the findings from a previous study – that mesothelioma risk plateaus around 40 years after exposure. The report, published in Occupational and Environmental Medicine studied the cases of 1,800 cement workers in Pavia, Italy.
Researchers found a mesothelioma diagnosis for the cement workers was correlated with the amount of asbestos exposure however there was no correlation with latency period (the amount of time since the last exposure). The risk plateau described in the study occurs after approximately 40 years, after which the researchers assert that risk of a pleural mesothelioma diagnosis actually decreases.
The authors of the report stated, “Our results do not support the hypothesis that pleural malignant mesothelioma risk indefinitely increases after exposure, suggesting instead that the alternative hypothesis of a risk plateau or decrease after a time since first exposure of more than 40 years is more consistent with the observed data.”
One of the shortfalls of the report was that it only studied workers from one sector. However, the one sector report did confirm findings from an earlier study. The previous large population study was also Italian but it studied 51,000 workers in multiple industrial sectors.
It is also important to note that the risk plateau does not seem to apply to the much rarer peritoneal malignant mesothelioma.
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