The study looked at whether the risk of mesothelioma continues to increase after more than 40 years since first exposure to asbestos. There is evidence that the rate of increase in the incidence for pleural mesothelioma reduces at about 45 years since first exposure while peritoneal mesothelioma continues to increase. So, while the rate of increase appears to start to level out after 40–50 years no one survives long enough for the excess risk to disappear.
This free on-line course, "Occupational and Environmental Cancer: Recognition and Prevention", available on the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety website, is for physicians and other health care providers.
The course teaches primary health care providers how to recognize occupational and environmental cancers and how to respond to this finding. Insights are provided into how the recognition of occupational and environmental cancer risks can lead to prevention. Case studies will highlight key points and allow participants to apply lessons learned.
Asbestos is a tough, heat-resistant mineral that was added to the building materials of many older homes. It can pose health hazards to workers and homeowners who renovate or demolish those homes. This animation shows how asbestos fibres could damage lung tissue and lead to lung disease.
Check out IHSA's occupational health risk booklets ! These booklets, created by Ontario's Infrastructure Health & Safety Association (IHSA), contain prevention information for workers and a diagnostic toolkit for physicians and primary health providers. They are available for many trades on IHSA's website. Type "diagnostic toolkit for physicians" into their search window. The last two pages of each four-page booklet are to be provided to your doctor; they give your doctor information about the health risks of your job.
In BC, the program is being funded through the BC Cancer Foundation thanks to the efforts of the BC Insulation Contractors Association (BCICA). BCICA has raised more than $200,000 to assist with the cost of getting lung cancer screening programs set up in BC and Alberta – Saskatchewan is next!