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Malignant pleural and peritoneal mesotheliomas in former miners and millers of crocidolite at Wittenoom, Western Australia
  1. G Berry1,
  2. N H de Klerk2,
  3. A Reid2,
  4. G L Ambrosini2,
  5. L Fritschi2,
  6. N J Olsen3,
  7. E Merler4,
  8. A W Musk2
  1. 1School of Public Health, University of Sydney, New South Wales 2006, Australia
  2. 2School of Population Health, University of Western Australia
  3. 3Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Nedlands, Western Australia 6009
  4. 4Occupational Health Unit, Department of Prevention, Local Health Unit, National Health System, Padua, Italy
  1. Correspondence to:
 Emeritus Professor G Berry
 School of Public Health, Edward Ford Building A27, University of Sydney, New South Wales 2006, Australia;


Aims: To report the number of malignant pleural and peritoneal mesotheliomas that have occurred in former Wittenoom crocidolite workers to the end of 2000, and to compare this with earlier predictions.

Methods: A group of 6493 men and 415 women who had worked at the former Wittenoom crocidolite mine and mill at some time between 1943 and 1966 have been followed up throughout Australia and Italy to the end of 2000.

Results: The cumulative number of mesotheliomas up to 2000 was 235 in men (202 pleural, 33 peritoneal) and seven (all pleural) in women. There had been 231 deaths with mesothelioma (9% of known deaths).

Conclusions: The number of deaths in men with mesothelioma between 1987 and 2000 was at the low end of the predictions made earlier based on the number of cases to 1986. If this trend continues, it is predicted that about another 110 deaths with mesothelioma will occur in men by 2020.

  • crocidolite
  • asbestos
  • mesothelioma
  • predictions
  • Wittenoom

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