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Table 1 Workers’ characteristics concerning approved and unapproved claims. Unit: No. of workers (%)

From: The characteristics of asbestos-related disease claims made to the Korea Workers’ Compensation and Welfare Service (KCOMWEL) from 2011 to 2015

Variable   Approved Unapproved
Sex Male 82 (91.1) 21 (91.3)
Female 8 (8.9) 2 (8.7)
Age at diagnosis (years) < 20 0 0
20–29 0 2 (8.7)
30–39 2 (2.2) 2 (8.7)
40–49 7 (7.8) 4 (17.4)
50–59 38 (42.2) 6 (26.1)
60–69 26 (28.9) 5 (21.7)
≥70 17 (18.9) 4 (17.4)
Mean ± Standard deviation 59.5 ± 8.9 (min: 36, max: 75, median: 58.5) 53.6 ± 14.6 (min: 22, max: 73, median: 58)
Disease name Malignant mesothelioma 39 (43.3) 6 (26.1)
Lung cancer 38 (42.2) 15 (65.2)
Asbestosis pulmonum and other respiratory diseases 13 (14.4) 2 (8.7)
Duration of exposure (years) < 5 9 (10.0) 7 (30.4)
5–9 11 (12.2) 4 (17.4)
10–19 19 (21.1) 5 (21.7)
20–29 31 (34.4) 6 (26.1)
30–39 14 (15.6) 1 (4.3)
≥40 6 (6.7) 0
Mean ± Standard deviation 20.5 ± 11.6 (min: 1.5, max: 50, median: 20) 11.7 ± 10.5 (min: 0.1, max: 33, median: 8.5)