For the study, published online ahead of print in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, researchers examined all deaths linked to asbestosis and mesothelioma reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) from 1994 to 2010. They took information from the WHO and applied the Potential Years of Life Lost (PYLL) to estimate years lost to asbestosis and mesothelioma, which are caused by exposure to asbestos.
Data from the WHO indicated that 128,015 people died of mesothelioma in 82 countries and 13,885 died of asbestosis in 55 countries during the study period. That is a total of 2.18 million potential years of life lost to mesothelioma and 180,000 potential years of life lost to asbestos. On average, each person who died of mesothelioma lost 17.0 potential years of life, while those who died of asbestosis lost 13.0 potential years of life.
“The current burden of asbestos-related diseases (ARDs) in terms of PYLL is substantial,” researchers wrote. “The future burden of ARDs can be eliminated by stopping the use of asbestos.”
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Lawsuits have been filed against various companies alleging employees should have been better protected from asbestos exposure and claiming the companies knew about the risks associated with asbestos exposure but did not properly warn employees or provide adequate safety gear.
Unfortunately, people are still exposed to asbestos today, and although there are safety guidelines designed to protect employees and consumers, some employers still take shortcuts and fail to properly ensure their employees are adequately protected from asbestos exposure.