A Study by Duke University’s Department of Pathology has revealed that talc fibers were detected in more than 60% of mesothelioma patients in the study group. The Duke researchers compared samples from 609 patients diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, talc fibers were detected in 375 (62%). Asbestos bodies were counted by light microscopy and mineral fiber concentrations for fibers 5 µm or greater in length were determined by scanning electron microscopy equipped with an energy dispersive spectrometer. The values were compared with 20 previously published controls.
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A history of working in industries associated with asbestos exposure and increased mesothelioma risk was identified in 36/48 cases in men, and a history of exposure as household contacts of an occupationally exposed individual was identified in 12/17 cases in women.
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