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John E. Craighead and Allen R. Gibbs

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195178692

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195178692.001.0001

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Epidemiology and Risk Assessment

Epidemiology and Risk Assessment

(p.94) 4 Epidemiology and Risk Assessment
Asbestos and Its Diseases

Graham W. Gibbs

Geoffrey Berry

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the magnitudes of risk for the development of asbestosis, malignant mesothelioma (MM), and lung cancer (LC) resulting from exposure to different airborne concentrations of asbestos. Information on risk is obtained from epidemiological studies. The risk analysis requires three components: (i) the level of exposure, (ii) cases that have occurred, and (iii) factors that might confound or modify the exposure-response relationship.

Keywords:   risk factors, disease risk, asbestosis, malignant mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestos exposure

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