Increased Risk Of Pleural Mesothelioma Where There Was Asbestos Exposure Together With Mineral Wool And/Or Silica Exposure, Also (i.e., Co-exposure)

The medical journal American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine published this article early online on March 7, 2013:   “Pleural Mesothelioma and Occupational Co-exposure to Asbestos, Mineral Wool and Silica”.

From the Abstract for this new medical journal article about mesothelioma:

Rationale: Occupational co-exposure to asbestos and other fibers or particles could modify the carcinogenicity of asbestos with regard to pleural mesothelioma.

Objectives: To estimate associations between pleural mesothelioma and occupational mineral wool [(MW)] and silica exposure and to study the impact of occupational co-exposure on the risk of pleural mesothelioma….

Conclusion: Our results are in favour of an increased risk of pleural mesothelioma for subjects exposed to both asbestos and [mineral wool (MW)] or asbestos and silica.

This March 2013 article was based on a French pooled case-control study.

We will continue to monitor the literature for medical developments concerning mesothelioma (“meso”).


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