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Document ID (ISN)78557
CIS number 02-816
ISSN - Serial title 0019-8366 - Industrial Health
Year 2001
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Morinaga K., Kishimoto T., Sakatani M., Akira M., Yokoyama K., Sera Y.
Title Asbestos-related lung cancer and mesothelioma in Japan
Bibliographic information Apr. 2001, Vol.39, No.2, p.65-74. Illus. 63 ref.
Abstract In Japan, crocidolite used to be used for asbestos cement pipes, and amosite was used for building boards; both types were used in spraying applications. The use of these two types of asbestos was discontinued in Japan in the late 1970s. A strong increase in asbestos imports was observed between 1960 (77,000 tons) and 1974 (352,316 tons). This rise in imports correlates well with the recent rapid increase in mortality from malignant pleural mesothelioma. Between 1995 and 1999, the estimated mean annual deaths from pleural mesothelioma was about 500. The annual number of compensated occupational respiratory cancers due to asbestos exposure has also been increasing. Up to the end of March 2000, 162 cases with malignant mesothelioma and 197 cases with lung cancer were compensated. The smoking rate among males in Japan is still over 50%, so lung cancer deaths caused by the interaction between smoking and asbestos exposure are likely to continue.
Descriptors (primary) mesothelioma; carcinogens; lung cancer; amosite; crocidolite; asbestos
Descriptors (secondary) literature survey; Japan; insulating work; smoking; asbestos cement
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceJapan
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Asbestos
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)