A new study reports that for every four or five cases of mesothelioma that are reported around the world, one case of mesothelioma goes unreported. This amounts to a rate of nearly 15-20% of all mesothelioma cases going unreported. The results were released in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP).
This is the first known effort to count the number of unreported mesothelioma cases and it uses a unique effort. Instead of counting the number of diagnosed mesothelioma cases, the authors used the number of mesothelioma deaths, since the records are more accurate. Mesothelioma is so grave, that it often takes the life of its victims before they are diagnosed.
“Our most important finding is the magnitude of unreported mesothelioma in countries that use asbestos at substantial levels but report no cases of the disease,” says study co-author Ken Takahashi of the University of Occupational and Environmental Health in Japan.
The EHP study concludes that the number of mesothelioma cases in a given country is consistent with the years in which asbestos was produced and used. Since asbestos exposure is the leading cause of mesothelioma, it is clear that mesothelioma (reported and unreported) will continue to claim victims 20-50 years after use.
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