Asbestos: Selected Cancers by Institute of Medicine, Board on Population Health and Public

By Institute of Medicine, Board on Population Health and Public Health Practices, Committee on Asbestos: Selected Health Effects

At the side of drafting finished laws referring to repayment for future health results concerning asbestos publicity (the equity in Asbestos damage Act), the Senate Committee at the Judiciary directed the Institute of medication to gather the Committee on Asbestos: chosen health and wellbeing results. This committee used to be charged with addressing even if asbestos publicity is causally concerning antagonistic future health effects as well as asbestosis, mesothelioma, and lung melanoma. "Asbestos: chosen Cancers" provides the committee's complete distillation of the peer-reviewed clinical and scientific literature relating to organization among asbestos and colorectal, laryngeal, esophageal, pharyngeal, and abdominal cancers.

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The most useful casecontrol studies are those that assign a magnitude or probability of exposure (on an ordinal basis) by using a lifetime work history with details of work activities. That technique was pioneered by researchers in Montreal who used it in several publications included in this review (Dumas et al. 2000; Goldberg et al. 2001; Parent et al. 1998, 2000). In some studies, levels of exposure have been assigned on the basis of occupation or industry using a job-exposure matrix (JEM), occasionally even taking the era when exposure occurred into consideration.

2004). Health status also commonly differs between worker and generalpopulation groups because healthy people are selectively hired into the workforce and the general population includes people who are too sick to work; workers may also benefit from the health advantages of higher incomes and employee health plans. Differential employment rates by health status leads to what is known as the healthy-worker effect; it often results in mortality risk estimates that spuriously suggest a health-protective effect in association with occupational exposures.

Asbestos. Mineral Yearbook. Reston, VA: US Geological Survey. 2 Committee’s Approach to Its Charge and Methods Used in Evaluation GENERAL APPROACH TO EVIDENCE REVIEW The committee was charged with assessing the evidence concerning the causation of selected cancers, other than lung cancer and mesothelioma, by exposure to asbestos fibers. The charge required that the committee compile and review the available evidence, attempting to identify all relevant epidemiologic studies, and then evaluate whether the evidence was sufficient to infer the existence of a causal relationship.

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