The activities conducted in the Veneto Region have enabled the incidence of mesothelioma to be calculated, and the circumstances of any asbestos exposure to be reconstructed for cases mesothelioma involving residents in the Veneto since 1987. Information on new incident cases identified from 1993 to 2015 has been transmitted to the National Mesothelioma Registry by several Italian Regions, including the Veneto. The data collected have led to five publications (and a sixth is underway).  These publications  are reports that provide details of the circumstances of asbestos exposure and the burden of mesothelioma cases for different types of exposure observed in Italy. These concern people involved in:

  • the production of asbestos-cement;
  • the building industry;
  • the construction, repair and maintenance of railway carriages;
  • shipyards;
  • port handling activities;
  • agricultural sectors (i.e. the recycling of bags containing asbestos);
  • non-asbestos textile industries (asbestos in the brakes or linings of looms);
  • steel mills;
  • oil refineries and chemical industries;
  • certain environmental and domestic activities.

The Mesothelioma Registry has edited two volumes describing its regional data (2001, 2006). The trend of mesothelioma relates to the past consumption of asbestos and the circumstances of asbestos exposure occurring decades ago. As the risk, for a given individual, is proportional to the cumulative exposure (its intensity and duration), most cases of mesothelioma occur in individuals whose exposure levels were higher.

The most up-to-date figures on the frequency of mesothelioma in the Veneto, and on the circumstances of exposure that gave rise to these cases of mesothelioma are presented in the Social-Health Report from the Veneto Regional Authority, published in 2016. The Regional Registry participates in detailed projects and is responsible for the publication of scientific articles.