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Mesothelioma Reaching Epidemic Levels in Some Countries

Two researchers from the Center for the Study of Environmental Cancer in Monfalcone, Italy have analyzed data from registries of cancer around the world and they concluded that in some parts of the world, mesothelioma has reached epidemic proportions.

They discovered an upward trend in the incidence of mesothelioma in Australia and New Zealand as well as several European countries. The highest number of cases in Europe was in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Malta and Belgium. Interestingly the rate was relatively low in Japan and Central Europe.

They were not surprised to discover that those countries where asbestos was widely used, usually in the building industry, had the highest rates of mesothilioma. For example, after the Second World War in the UK, the houses were built of cement which was strengthened with asbestos, and Australia had some of the largest asbestos mines in the world.

The researchers think that many countries are still ignoring the risk of the disease, and in the United States, although the rates of mesothelioma are slowly declining, there are still around 2,500 cases diagnosed each year.

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