Giornale Italiano di Medicina del Lavoro ed Ergonomia. 2007 Jul-Sep;29(3 Suppl):639-40. [Link]

Venuti V, De Pasquale D, Abbate A, Brecciaroli R, Giorgianni C.

Dipartimento di Medicina Sociale del Teritorio, Sez. di Medicina del Lavoro, Università di Messina.


Pleural malign mesothelioma is the only one to which we can straight attribute to an exposition, in professional and ambient ambit, to a good identified agent and, precisely, to the fibres of asbestos. Objective of our work has been to verify the incidence of the pleural malign mesothelioma in Sicily and in particular in the Messina’s area, during the period 1988-2005. We have examined the epidemiologic data of the period 1988-1997 and 1998-2005 through the consultation of the Mesothelioma Sicilian Register; Mesothelioma Italian Register and of the available documentation in the Health Superior Institute. The study showed that the pleural malign mesothelioma in sicily and in Messina’s area is reduced for the elimination of the asbestos and for the low use of asbestos in the sicilian industry.