Latency periods in asbestos-related mesothelioma of the pleura.

  title={Latency periods in asbestos-related mesothelioma of the pleura.},
  author={Claudio Bianchi and Luigi Giarelli and Giorgio Grandi and Alessandro Brollo and Lucia Ramani and Christina L. Zuch},
  journal={European journal of cancer prevention : the official journal of the European Cancer Prevention Organisation},
  volume={6 2},
Latency periods (time intervals elapsing between first exposure to asbestos and death) were examined in 421 cases of malignant pleural mesothelioma, diagnosed in the Trieste-Monfalcone area, Italy. Occupational data were collected from the patients or from their relatives by personal or telephone interviews. Routine lung sections were examined for asbestos bodies in 370 cases. Latency periods, calculated in 312 cases, ranged from 14 to 72 years (mean 48.7, median 51). Latency periods differed… CONTINUE READING

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