Ambient asbestos particles are typically 10 times more abundant in the urban environments than in the rural setting. A report published in journal Risk Analysis concluded that the risk of mesothelioma from ambient asbestos exposure is no worse for city dwellers than for those who live in rural areas despite the higher levels of ambient asbestos particles in the city.
The researchers used the US government’s SEER database to formulate incidence rates for malignant pleural mesothelioma in both men and women in rural and urban areas over a span of 40 years (1973-2012). Meghan, lead author on the paper, wrote “The results suggest that differences in ambient asbestos concentrations, which have been reported to be 10-fold or greater across regions in the United States, have not influenced the risk of pleural mesothelioma,” concludes
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