Mesothelioma In South Africa
Maret 17, 2011
Mesotheliomain South Africa
With the highest rate of mesothelioma diagnosis on earth, South Africa has been called the “Mesothelioma Capital of the World”.
In 1960, the link between mesothelioma and asbestosis was established in the Kimberley area of South Africa. The majority of reported mesothelioma cases resulted from exposure to asbestos in secondary industry (incidence of the condition among miners was also significant).
The latency period is the period from when an individual is exposed to asbestos to when the disease manifests itself.
Asbestos is a carcinogenic, fibrous mineral, which was once widely used in construction, usually for insulating purposes. Asbestos fiber has been used in everything from building materials, car parts, roads, and school playgrounds to clothing, bedding, and even tampons.