A new study has found that many countries around the world are not properly documenting the number of mesothelioma cases within their borders, leading to misleadingly low figures regarding the worldwide mesothelioma death toll.
The study, which was authored by the University of Occupation and Environmental Health in Kitakyushu City, Japan, and published online in the Environmental Health Perspective, set out to be the “first to provide a global estimate of ‘missed’ mesothelioma cases, accounting for the collective experience of countries with data,” according to Medscape.
In order to do this, researchers compiled data representing 100 percent of all asbestos usage around the world between 1920 and 1970, then collect data on mesothelioma deaths during that time frame in each country as well. While data regarding asbestos usage and mesothelioma deaths were collected from 56 countries, 33 countries were only able to provide data regarding their asbestos use.
“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,” said the study’s co-author Ken Takahashi, MD.
Researchers were also able to use the data and predict how many people died from mesothelioma between 1994 and 2008. While the calculated that 174,300 people were reported to have died from mesothelioma during that time frame, an additional 38,900 mesothelioma deaths may have also gone unreported.
Additionally, Russia, Kazakhstan, China, India, and Thailand were found to have the highest mesothelioma mortality rate over the 15-year time period.
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