Asbestos: over 2,200 new cancers each year

The reports follow and the conclusions are similar. Occupational exposure to asbestos continues to claim victims in France. At least 2,200 new cancer cases and 1,700 deaths each year are attributed to this massive material used before being banned in 1997.
Men are the most affected. According to the Weekly Epidemiological Bulletin (BEH) unveiled on Tuesday, “the cancer burden on sites linked to asbestos way (lung, mesothelioma, larynx, ovary) is still very important because it is estimated at between 2,200 and 5,400 cases per year in France, affecting as a majority men for respiratory cancers. “
Asbestos: over 2,200 new cancers each year
The cancer most often lung. The publication of the Institute of Health Surveillance (VS) devoted an entire issue to asbestos insulating material widely used in industry and construction between the years 60 and 80. Cancer Lung happens very far ahead of occupational cancers attributable to asbestos, with 1328-3709 estimated new cases (of which only 56-81 in women).
Using the same method, the researchers estimated that 615-822 deaths from cancer of the pleura (or mesothelioma) in 2012 could be attributed to occupational exposure to asbestos and 678-915 new cases of these cancers were diagnosed the same year. Mesothelioma is a cancer whose only risk factor proved to date is exposure (occupational or non-occupational) asbestos, unlike lung cancer, especially favored by smoking.
Cancers at “time” complicated to detect. These two cancers usually appear many years after exposure to asbestos, which complicates the work of researchers. In the study published Tuesday, InVS noted a significant increase in new cases of mesothelioma in the late 90s and the late 2000s, particularly among women, while 28% of them, no exposure to asbestos was found. “Our results suggest that the peak incidence is perhaps not reached, contrary to what had been suggested previously,” said Annabelle Gilg Either Ilg, an epidemiologist at InVS .
For the first time, the researchers studied two other cancers, those of the larynx and ovary as the agency for the World Organization for Cancer IARC health / IARC has decided to add to the list in 2009 diseases caused by exposure to asbestos. They estimated that 129 to 731 new cases of laryngeal cancer (observed in almost all men) and 46-55 ovarian cancers discovered in 2012 could be attributed to occupational exposure to asbestos.
Alarming figures for the future.
According to estimates published in August by the High Council of Public Health (HCSP), asbestos could kill between 68,000 and 100,000 people in 2050 in France, including 50,000 to 75,000 as a result of of lung cancer and 18,000 to 25,000 as a result of mesothelioma.