Italian public health researchers have released new data that illustrates the deadly legacy of asbestos cement plants and other asbestos-related industries. Surviving Mesothelioma has just posted an article on the new research. Click here to read it now.

University researchers and representatives from Italy’s Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine analyzed more than 15,000 cases of mesothelioma between 1993 and 2008 and found 32 clusters where the asbestos cancer was most common.

“Asbestos cement manufacturing industries and shipbuilding and repair facilities represented the main sources of asbestos exposure, but a major contribution to asbestos exposure was also provided by sectors with no direct use of asbestos, such as non-asbestos textile industries, metal engineering and construction,” writes lead author Marisa Corfiati with the Italian Workers’ Compensation Authority in Rome.

The study, published in BMC Cancer, found that even people who just lived in the vicinity of an asbestos cement plant, including a number of women, faced a higher risk for mesothelioma.

“It is an unfortunate fact that mesothelioma is not just confined to asbestos workers,” says Surviving Mesothelioma’s Managing Editor, Alex Strauss. “As this study illustrates, environmental exposure to asbestos can be just as deadly as occupational exposure.”

To read more about the Italian study and mesothelioma risk, see Mesothelioma: The Deadly Legacy of Cement Plants, now available on the Surviving Mesothelioma website.

Corfiati, Marisa et al, “Epidemiological patterns of asbestos exposure and spatial clusters of incident cases of malignant mesothelioma from the Italian national registry,” April 15, 2015, BMC Cancer,

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