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Document ID (ISN)74373
CIS number 00-182
ISSN - Serial title 1219-1221 - Central European Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 1999
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Posgay M., Mándi A., Ungváry G., Vadász P., Major K., Németh L.
Title Frequency of occupational asbestos exposure among lung cancer patients in Hungary. A preliminary report
Bibliographic information 1999, Vol.5, No.1, p.66-71. 15 ref.
Abstract According to the literature, historical occupational exposures to asbestos can be proved in about 5% (1-20%) of lung cancer patients. Based on a lung cancer incidence of 6,126 in Hungary in 1996, about 300 (60-1,200) work-related asbestos cancers would have been expected. However, the number of observed cases - apart from mesothelioma - is very small. Therefore the occupational history of 300 lung cancer patients was explored using a questionnaire and already available chest radiographs and computed tomography (CT) scans which were re-evaluated for signs of asbestos exposure, especially the presence of pleural plaques. On the basis of this preliminary data it is highly probable that the majority of asbestos-related cancers in Hungary remain undetected and that a similar percentage to other countries can be proved also in Hungary.
Descriptors (primary) Hungary; asbestos; frequency rates; exposure evaluation; lung cancer
Descriptors (secondary) pleural thickening; tomography; chest radiography; questionnaire survey
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceHungary
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Exposure evaluation