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Document ID (ISN)74561
CIS number 00-413
ISSN - Serial title 1077-3525 - International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 1999
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Iscovich J., Fischbein A., Witt-Kushner J., Ginsberg G., Richter E., Tulchinsky T.
Title Malignant mesothelioma in Israel, 1961-1992
Bibliographic information July-Sep. 1999, Vol.5, No.3, p.157-163. Illus. 21 ref.
Abstract The incidence and distribution of malignant mesothelioma in Israel from 1961 to 1992 were analysed. The study concentrated on 223 patients who developed mesothelioma during this period and a cohort of 3,057 male asbestos-cement workers. The annual incidence rates of malignant mesothelioma in Jewish men ranged between 2.5 per million between 1961 and 1982 and 4.6 per million in 1985-92. Women accounted for 37.6% of all cases, after exclusion of the cohort of asbestos workers. Of the 223 cases, 202 had no indication of direct occupational exposure to asbestos. In Jewish women, the incidence of malignant mesothelioma did not increase after 1961. The mean age at diagnosis in all cases was lowest in the Israeli-born. High levels of asbestos exposure in the 1970s and the relatively early age of onset of the disease indicate that exposure began at a younger age in Israel than in European countries. Asbestos manufacture and use peaked in Israel during the mid-1970s, so that the maximum impact of these trends has yet to be seen.
Descriptors (primary) mesothelioma; Israel; long-term exposure; asbestos; asbestos cement
Descriptors (secondary) race-linked differences; cohort study; frequency rates; sex-linked differences; long-term study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceIsrael
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Asbestos
Cement and concrete