Peritoneal mesothelioma mortality in Italy: Spatial analysis and search for asbestos exposure sources

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BACKGROUND: This study is part of a national plan of epidemiological surveillance of malignant mesothelioma (MM) mortality in Italy. The paper shows the results of malignant peritoneal mesothelioma (MPeM) mortality study in Italian Regions and municipalities.

METHODS: National Bureau of Statistics data for MPeM municipal mortality (ICD-10, Code C45.1) were analyzed in the time-window 2003-2014: mortality standardized rates (reference Italian population, census 2011), temporal trends of the annual national rates, Standardized Mortality Ratios and a municipal clustering analysis were performed.

RESULTS: 747 deaths for MPeM were recorded (0.10/100,000): 464 in men (0.14/100,000) and in 283 women (0.07/100,000). No significant MPeM mortality temporal trend was found. Seventeen municipalities showed excesses of mortality for MPeM in at least one gender and/or overall population. Four clusters in male population, and one in women were identified.

CONCLUSIONS: The study identifies some areas where remediation activities and/or health care actions may be warranted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)162-167
Number of pages6
JournalCancer Epidemiol.
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019


  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Asbestos/adverse effects
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Italy
  • Lung Neoplasms/epidemiology
  • Male
  • Mesothelioma/epidemiology
  • Middle Aged
  • Peritoneal Neoplasms/epidemiology
  • Spatial Analysis


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