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This multicentre study confirms the idea that man made mineral fibres
(1), with exception of refractory ceramic fibres (2), are not associated
with lung cancer.
Modern monitoring techniques would allow a more exact determination
of fibre dose (1,2) so that a prospective study would be possible as to
the malignant disease risk also at other sites than respiratory tract (3).
1 Paananen H, Holopainen M, Kalliokoski P, et al. Evaluation of
exposure to man-made vitreous fibres by nasal lavage. J Occup Environ Hyg,
2004; 1: 82-87.
2 Linnainmaa M, Kangas J, Mäkinen M, et al. Exposure to refractory
ceramic fibres in the metal industry. Ann Occup Hyg, in press.
3 LeMasters GK, Lockey JE, Yin JH, et al. Mortality of workers
exposed to refractory ceramic fibers. J Occup Environ Med, 2003; 45: 440-