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Report: Mesothelioma a “Global” epidemic

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Mesothelioma a "Global" epidemicNEW YORK – A pair of Italian researchers say mesothelioma has achieved ‘epidemic’ status in many places and it’s not slowing down.

Claudio and Tommaso Bianchi of the Center for the Study of Environmental Cancer issued a new report detailed in the Indian Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Their report crunched numbers from cancer registries around the world and found there was an alarming upward trend of mesothelioma cases.

Although the Bianchis found more and more cases are being reported around the globe, the researchers also said that in many countries, mesothelioma data wasn’t even available.

The deadly disease is most often linked to asbestos exposure. According to the Bianchis’ study, the countries with the highest rates of mesothelioma are also countries where asbestos was generally accepted and heavily used as a building additive after World War II.

The Bianchis’ study suggests mesothelioma cases are not only increasing around the world but many countries continue to ignore the risks.

“The lack of data for a large majority of the world does not allow that the consciousness of the risks related to asbestos exposure is reached,” they concluded in their report.

According to U.S. researchers, nearly 2,500 Americans are diagnosed with the cancer every year.

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