Asbestos-related mesothelioma: epidemiological evidence for asbestos as a promoter.


A series of 144 cases of mesothelioma among asbestos workers indicated important divergences from the epidemiological pattern shown to exist for asbestos-related lung cancer. Consideration of exposure duration and intensity and the latent period between first exposure and death suggests that asbestos does not act as a complete carcinogen, but as a promoter… (More)