Mesothelioma Deaths Expected to Peak in 2010

-- Jeff Muise

Monday, April 27, 2009

MONDAY, April 27 (HealthDay News) -- After decades on the increase, the number of U.S. deaths from malignant mesothelioma should peak next year, according to a statistical analysis published in the April 24 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

K.M. Bang, Ph.D., of the CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in Atlanta, and colleagues analyzed annual death records from 1999 to 2005 in the United States, and projected future trends for the lung disease. They also calculated proportionate mortality ratios (PMRs) for mesothelioma by occupational risk category.

The researchers note that, from 1999 to 2005 in the United States, 18,068 people died from mesothelioma, with the annual number of deaths increasing from 2,482 to 2,704 in that time frame. Annual deaths from this disease are expected to peak in 2010. For women, who had 560 cases in 2003, the number of annual cases will continue to increase slightly along with population shifting. The investigators found that the riskiest industries by PMR were shipyard and boatyard (PMR, 6.0); industrial and miscellaneous chemicals (PMR, 4.8); petroleum refining (PMR, 3.8); electric light and power (PMR, 3.1); and construction (PMR, 1.6).

"Ensuring a future decrease in mesothelioma mortality requires meticulous control of exposures to asbestos and other materials that might cause mesothelioma," the authors conclude.

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