Sozial- und Präventivmedizin

, Volume 48, Issue 1, pp 65–69

Mesotheliomas among Italians, returned to the home country, who worked when migrant at a cement-asbestos factory in Switzerland

  • Enzo Merler
  • Rosanna Bizzotto
  • Roberto Calisti
  • Domenica Cavone
  • Nicoletta De Marzo
  • Francesco Gioffrè
  • Tommy Mabilia
  • Daniela Marcolina
  • Marina Musti
  • Maria Giovanna Munafò
  • Sara Roberti
  • Paola Zambon
Brief report

DOI: 10.1007/s000380300007

Cite this article as:
Merler, E., Bizzotto, R., Calisti, R. et al. Soz.-Präventivmed. (2003) 48: 65. doi:10.1007/s000380300007

Summary.

Objectives: To report the occurrence of mesotheliomas in Italy among subjects who worked, when migrant, at a cement-asbestos factory in Niederurnen, Switzerland, and had resettled to the home country.¶Methods: Information about the disease and on the working history of subjects was collected by regional mesothelioma registries. Only cases diagnosed by means of histo-pathological examinations have been considered here.¶Results: 15 mesotheliomas (13 pleural, 2 perithoneal; 12 among males, 3 among females) have been identified among Italians, who had worked at the factory. None of them had other occupational exposure to asbestos. The majority was living in the Veneto Region (North East of Italy), and in Puglia (Southern Italy).¶Conclusions: Exposure to asbestos at this factory has already caused an important number of occupational cancers among the employees, a large fraction being constituted of migrants. In order to avoid under-estimation of risks and to allow compensation, diseases which occur among foreign workers returned to their home country should be evaluated. Migration for work is at the genesis of asbestos-related mesotheliomas now occurring in Italy.

Key words. Asbestos – Cancer – Respiratory diseases – Migration – Returned migrants – Mesothelioma registries.

Copyright information

© Birkhäuser Verlag Basel, 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Enzo Merler
    • 1
  • Rosanna Bizzotto
    • 3
  • Roberto Calisti
    • 4
  • Domenica Cavone
    • 5
  • Nicoletta De Marzo
    • 6
  • Francesco Gioffrè
    • 2
  • Tommy Mabilia
    • 7
  • Daniela Marcolina
    • 8
  • Marina Musti
    • 5
  • Maria Giovanna Munafò
    • 9
  • Sara Roberti
    • 2
  • Paola Zambon
    • 10
  1. 1.Venetian Mesothelioma Registry, Padua IT
  2. 2.Occupational Health Unit, Department of Prevention, Padua IT
  3. 3.Occupational Health Unit, Department of Prevention, Camposampiero, Padua IT
  4. 4.Occupational Health Unit, Department of Prevention, Civitanova Marche, Macerata IT
  5. 5.Regional Mesothelioma Registry, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Bari IT
  6. 6.Occupational Health Unit, Department of Prevention, Feltre, Belluno IT
  7. 7.Occupational Health Unit, Department of Prevention, Bassano del Grappa, Vicenza IT
  8. 8.Occupational Health Unit, Department of Prevention, Belluno IT
  9. 9.Occupational Health Unit, ASL 5, Palmanova, Udine IT
  10. 10.Department of Oncology, University of Padua,Venetian Tumour Registry, Padua IT