Peritoneal mesothelioma: No end in sight

June 16, 2016

Marty Kanarek has spent the last 40 years as an environmental epidemiologist trying to make the world a safer place to live.

Marty Kanarek
Marty Kanarek

Asbestos — and its sordid history — has made that task considerably harder.

“[Asbestos] is still the most frightening thing in environmental epidemiology,” Kanarek, professor of population health sciences and environmental studies at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and the Nelson Institute, told “It’s an unbelievable scourge, the No. 1 occupational killer in the world.”

Kanarek, who worked previously at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), recently co-authored a review article in the journal Epidemiology: Open Access detailing the past and future relationship between asbestos exposure and peritoneal mesothelioma.

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