Nonthoracic Cancers Possibly Resulting from Asbestos Exposure
In the 1970s and 1980s, studies of asbestos workers in both Europe and North America suggested on the basis of preliminary epidemiological evidence that cancer in several major organ systems, other than the lungs and pleura, might result from exposure to asbestos. However, many of these early investigations were poorly controlled and both socioeconomic and lifestyle information such as diet, tobacco use, and alcoholic beverage abuse were not available for consideration. During the past two decades, considerable new information has accumulated and the fear that asbestos causes multisystem malignant disease has quelled. This chapter summarizes the available information with respect to the organ systems most often implicated.
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