Table 1.

Characteristics of the study subjects

MM (n = 107)LC (n = 215)BRD (n = 130)Controls (n = 262)*
Age (mean ± SD)69.1 ± 9.965.4 ± 8.761.9 ± 10.553.9 ± 12.9
Sex
    Male89 (83.2%)181 (84.2%)114 (87.7%)208 (79.4%)
    Female18 (16.8%)34 (15.8%)16 (12.3%)54 (20.6%)
Asbestos exposure
    No exposure19 (17.8%)125 (58.1%)19 (14.6%)54 (20.6%)
    Possible5 (4.7%)21 (9.8%)2 (1.5%)5 (1.9%)
    Probable5 (4.7%)9 (4,2%)3 (2.3%)
    Ascertained77 (72%)52 (24.2%)105 (80.8%)203 (77.5%)
    NOS1 (0.8%)8 (3.7%)1 (0.8%)
  • * Two hundred and three out of these 262 patients were workers previously exposed to asbestos (for at least a decade). The remaining patients were either blood donors or patients hospitalized for orthopedic traumatic injury or eye disease.

  • Not otherwise specified.