A recently published study has found and highlighted that the risk to this horrendous disease does not decline over time as once thought.
"The team has worked on many asbestosis and mesothelioma claims and cases were expected to peak around 2020 but in light of this study this now might be optimistic. It is desperately sad that the full extent of damage may still not be known for employees who had exposure to asbestos in the 50's, 60's and 70's."
One of the most important – and disturbing – findings of the study is that, although the risk of lung cancer began to drop off 25 years after exposure, the risk of contracting either pleural or peritoneal mesothelioma did not decline over time. “The findings of this unique cohort provide novel data for peritoneal cancer, indicating that – as for pleural cancer – the excess risk does not decline up to several decades after cessation of exposure,” writes Professor Enrico Pira, MD, PhD, with the Department of Public Health Science and Pediatrics at Turin University.