Risk Factors of Mortality from All Asbestos-Related Diseases: A Competing Risk Analysis

Our research shows that the following have a higher risk of dying from Asbestos-related diseases: person between 60 and 80 years of age during the first 30 years of exposure to asbestos, men with more than 40 years of exposure to this material, people cohabiting with an asbestos worker, and an individual being diagnosed with four or more ARD benign entities or at least one that is malignant

Rafael Abós-Herràndiz

2017

Scholarcy highlights

  • Asbestos is an established human carcinogen found naturally in rocks and widely used by industry
  • An important public health issue concerns the risk of developing Asbestos-related diseases from environmental asbestos exposure in residents who live near big asbestos processing plants
  • Our study is the first to analyse the risk of death for all ARD in a community
  • The main result is that nearly a third of patients diagnosed with ARD die from it and more than half due to some form of mesothelioma
  • Our research shows that the following have a higher risk of dying from ARD: person between 60 and 80 years of age during the first 30 years of exposure to asbestos, men with more than 40 years of exposure to this material, people cohabiting with an asbestos worker, and an individual being diagnosed with four or more ARD benign entities or at least one that is malignant
  • During the followup, ARD-related death was observed in 167 patients, 142 in men
  • Our research shows the effects of prolonged exposure to asbestos which resulted in a high incidence rate of ARD mortality
  • The harmful effects of a community permanently exposed to asbestos reflect that age, sex, nonoccupational exposure, cumulated benign Asbestos-related diseases, and single malign pathology account as risk factors for a high risk of death from ARD

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