A decade of malignant mesothelioma surveillance in Korea

Soon Hee Jung, Hyoung Ryoul Kim, Sang Baek Koh, Suk Joong Yong, Myoung Ja Chung, Chang Hun Lee, Joungho Han, Min Seob Eom, Sung Soo Oh

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Background: The objectives of this study were to examine trends in mesothelioma incidence over a decade and to identify histories of asbestos exposure among cases in Korea. Methods: In 2001, The Korea Occupational Safety and Health Agency organized a nationwide cardiopulmonary pathology group and established a malignant mesothelioma surveillance system covering all general hospitals in Korea. Mesothelioma cases were reported to this surveillance system with information about age, gender, location, occupational history, asbestos exposure environment, date of diagnosis, diagnostic method, histopathologic subtype, occurrence site, and other clinical information. Additionally, an epidemiological survey was conducted using a structured verbal questionnaire to allow further evaluation of asbestos exposures. Results: A total of 399 cases of malignant mesothelioma were reported in the last decade, translating to approximately 40 annual cases, and an annual average incidence rate of 0.83 cases per million. Of the 152 patients interviewed by occupational physicians, 56 had occupational asbestos exposure histories (36.8%). Their occupations and industries included construction (19.7%), automobile repair (5.9%), asbestos textile, shipbuilding and repair, refinery work, boiler making, and asbestos cement work. Another 31 patients had environmental asbestos exposure histories. Conclusions: Surveillance data indicate that malignant mesothelioma incidence in Korea is, thus far, lower than that of other developed countries, and that construction and environmental asbestos exposure were the main identifiable causes of malignant mesothelioma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)869-875
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Industrial Medicine
Volume55
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Oct 1

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Asbestos
Korea
Mesothelioma
Environmental Exposure
Occupational Health
Incidence
Construction Industry
Automobiles
Malignant Mesothelioma
Textiles
Occupational Exposure
Occupations
Developed Countries
Information Systems
General Hospitals
Pathology
Physicians

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Jung, S. H., Kim, H. R., Koh, S. B., Yong, S. J., Chung, M. J., Lee, C. H., ... Oh, S. S. (2012). A decade of malignant mesothelioma surveillance in Korea. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 55(10), 869-875. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajim.22065
Jung, Soon Hee ; Kim, Hyoung Ryoul ; Koh, Sang Baek ; Yong, Suk Joong ; Chung, Myoung Ja ; Lee, Chang Hun ; Han, Joungho ; Eom, Min Seob ; Oh, Sung Soo. / A decade of malignant mesothelioma surveillance in Korea. In: American Journal of Industrial Medicine. 2012 ; Vol. 55, No. 10. pp. 869-875.
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A decade of malignant mesothelioma surveillance in Korea. / Jung, Soon Hee; Kim, Hyoung Ryoul; Koh, Sang Baek; Yong, Suk Joong; Chung, Myoung Ja; Lee, Chang Hun; Han, Joungho; Eom, Min Seob; Oh, Sung Soo.

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