Epidemiology of malignant pleural mesothelioma in the province of Sassari (Sardinia, Italy) A population-based report.


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Mario Budroni, Antonio Cossu, Panagiotis Paliogiannis, Giuseppe Palmieri, Federico Attene, Rosaria Cesaraccio, Francesco Tanda

Ann. Ital. Chir., 2014 85: 244-248
Published online 28 June 2013

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The aim of this population-based study was to analyze and describe the epidemiological characteristics and trends of
malignant pleural mesothelioma in the province of Sassari (Sardinia, Italy), in the period 1992–2010. Data were
obtained from the local tumor registry which makes part of a wider registry web, coordinated today by the Italian
Association for Tumor Registries. The overall number of malignant pleural mesothelioma cases registered was 70. The
male-to-female ratio was 4:1 and the mean age 65.1 years for males and 63.4 years for females. The standardized incidence
rates were 1.2/100,000 and 0.3/100,000 and the standardized mortality rates 0.6/100,000 and 0.2/100,000 for
males and females respectively. A trend to increase in incidence in recent years was evidenced. This trend seems to follow
the general national tendency and it depends on a large diffusion of asbestos usage in the past, delayed legislative
interventions and probably a cleaning strategy of residual contamination fonts to intensify. The relative 5 years survival
was low, suggesting the necessity to further intensify research and cure methods for the treatment of this extremely aggressive


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