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close this bookAsbestos Overview and Handling Recommendations (GTZ, 1996)
close this folderPart II. Asbestos
close this folder3. Environmental aspects and health hazards due to Asbestos
View the document3.1 Introduction
View the document3.2 Asbestosis
View the document3.3 Mesothelioma
View the document3.4 Other health hazards
View the document3.5 Risk determination

3.3 Mesothelioma

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.