|Document ID (ISN)||78557|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0019-8366 - Industrial Health
|Convention or series no.
||Morinaga K., Kishimoto T., Sakatani M., Akira M., Yokoyama K., Sera Y.
||Asbestos-related lung cancer and mesothelioma in Japan
||Apr. 2001, Vol.39, No.2, p.65-74. Illus. 63 ref.
||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.
||mesothelioma; carcinogens; lung cancer; amosite; crocidolite; asbestos
||literature survey; Japan; insulating work; smoking; asbestos cement
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||Japan|
|Broad subject area(s)
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)