|Asbestos Overview and Handling Recommendations (GTZ, 1996)|
|Part II. Asbestos|
|3. Environmental aspects and health hazards due to Asbestos|
Mesothelioma of the lining of the pleura and peritoneum is one of the most malignant forms of cancer. The occurance is relatively seldom and stands in direct correlation with occupational exposure to Asbestos. From previous studies it is known that at least 70 % of the known cases were due to occupation. Characteristically, there is an extremely long latent period of up to 50 years; in general about 25 - 35 years is found and the minimum latent period is 20 years.