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Response to: ‘The epidemiology of malignant mesothelioma in women: gender differences and modalities of asbestos exposure’ by Marinaccio et al
  1. Murray Martin Finkelstein1,2
  1. 1 Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  2. 2 Department of Family Medicine, McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Dr Murray Martin Finkelstein, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON M5G 1V7, Canada; murray.finkelstein{at}

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Marinaccio and colleagues1 compared asbestos exposures of men and women with mesothelioma in Italy and found that women were less likely to have had occupational exposures and more likely to have experienced non-occupational and familial exposures. They did not consider possible asbestos exposures arising from the use of talcum powders, an exposure common in North America, that may have been in Italy as well. Italian talc was imported from the Val Chisone region for the manufacture of consumer talcs in North America. In 1976, Rohl2 analysed 20 body and baby powders and reported …

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  • Competing interests The author has served as a consultant to plaintiffs' lawyers in asbestos and talc litigation.

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