Trends in Mesothelioma mortality in Australia between 1997 and 2003

Smith, Derek R., and Leggat, Peter A. (2006) Trends in Mesothelioma mortality in Australia between 1997 and 2003. Journal of Occupational Safety and Health, 3. pp. 21-25.

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Abstract

We conducted a retrospective analysis of national mortality due to mesothelioma in Australia, between the years 1997 and 2003. There were over 3000 fatalities from mesothelioma registered in Australia between 1997 and 2003, with the annual number rising from around 400 in 1997, to over 500 in 2003. Approximately 450 Australians died from this disease every year, of whom 84.9% were male and 15.1 % female. The overall mortality rate during the 7 year period was 23.6 per million, with a clear excess demonstrated among males. An increasing trend was also noted for mesothelioma mortality rates between 1997 and 2003. The relative risk for males when compared to females ranged from 4.8 (95%CI: 3.8-6.0) to 8.1 (95%CI: 5.9-11.1), with a combined relative risk of5. 7 (95%CI: 5.2-6.3). Overall, our study suggests that mesothelioma remains an important issue in Australia, while the protracted lag time between asbestos exposure and clinical disease will no doubt result in an ongoing supply offuture cases. Countries that continue to use asbestos products should note the tragic legacy of this material within contemporary Australia.

Item ID: 4091
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: occupational health; Australia; surveillance; mesothelioma; Mortality
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ISSN: 1675-5456
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2009 04:06
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111706 Epidemiology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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