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An Occupational Legacy: Malignant Mesothelioma Incidence and Mortality in Wisconsin.

A new interesting article has been published in J Occup Environ Med. 2018 Sep 25. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001461. and titled:

An Occupational Legacy: Malignant Mesothelioma Incidence and Mortality in Wisconsin.

Authors of this article are:
Tomasallo CD Christensen KY Raymond M Creswell PD Anderson HA Meiman JG.

A summary of the article is shown below:
OBJECTIVES: Describe mesothelioma occurrence in Wisconsin during 1997-2013 by usual industry and occupation (I&O), including occupations generally considered low risk.METHODS: Population-based rates and standardized incidence and mortality ratios were calculated. Two case-control analyses were designed to compare mesothelioma incidence and mortality in specific I&O groups with occurrence of (1) brain and central nervous system cancers and (2) other causes of death, using logistic regression.RESULTS: Mesothelioma incidence and mortality were elevated in Wisconsin (SIRadj = 1.20 (1.13, 1.28); SMRadj=1.30 (1.22, 1.38)). Certain industry (construction, manufacturing) and occupation (construction and extraction) groups were associated with increased odds of mesothelioma, with some evidence of increased risk among teachers.CONCLUSIONS: Forty years after the Occupational and Safety Health Act, mesothelioma incidence and mortality remain elevated in Wisconsin, with increased risk continuing for certain I&O groups.

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