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Research Letter
April 2017

Association of Asbestos Exposure With Malignant Mesothelioma Incidence in Eastern China

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Thoracic Surgery, Zhejiang Cancer Hospital, Hangzhou, China
  • 2Key Laboratory Diagnosis and Treatment Technology on Thoracic Oncology of Zhejiang Province, Hangzhou, China
  • 3Institute of Occupational Diseases, Zhejiang Academy of Medical Sciences, Hangzhou, China
  • 4Department of Pathology, Zhejiang Cancer Hospital, Hangzhou, China
  • 5Yuyao People’s Hospital, Yuyao, Zhejiang, China
  • 6Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, New York University Langone Medical Center, New York
  • 7Thoracic Oncology Program, University of Hawaii Cancer Center, Honolulu
JAMA Oncol. 2017;3(4):562-564. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2016.5487

The reported incidence of malignant mesothelioma (MM) in China is 1.5 cases per million population, much lower than in other countries.1 In China, the prevalence of MM in different regions is unknown,1 and only 15% of MMs have been associated with asbestos exposure1,2 compared with more than 70% in most of the world.3,4

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