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Table 2 Workers’ general characteristics in relation to approved 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

Variables   Malignant mesothelioma Lung cancer
Sex Male 35 (89.7) 36 (94.7)
Female 4 (10.3) 2 (5.3)
Age at diagnosis (years) < 20 0 0
20–29 0 0
30–39 1 (2.6) 0
40–49 2 (5.1) 4 (10.5)
50–59 19 (48.7) 15 (39.5)
60–69 8 (20.5) 13 (34.2)
≥70 9 (23.1) 6 (15.8)
Mean ± Standard deviation 59.5 ± 8.9 (min: 39, max: 75, median: 57) 59.7 ± 8.8 (min: 43, max: 73, median: 59)
Year of diagnosis 1991–1995 0 0
1996–2000 0 0
2001–2005 0 2 (5.3)
2006–2010 8 (20.5) 17 (44.7)
2011–2015 31 (79.5) 19 (50.0)
Smoking status Current-smoker 6 (15.4) 13 (34.2)
Ex-smoker 12 (30.8) 10 (26.3)
Non-smoker 12 (30.8) 10 (26.3)
Unknown 9 (23.1) 5 (13.2)
Mean pack-years ± standard deviation of current and ex-smokers 17.4 ± 14.5 (min: 0.5, max: 50, median: 14.5) 26.3 ± 17.0 (min: 1.5, max: 60, median: 27)
Region Seoul 6 (15.4) 4 (10.5)
Incheon/Gyeonggi 12 (30.8) 3 (7.9)
Daejeon/Chungnam/Chungbuk 1 (2.6) 2 (5.3)
Gangwon 0 0
Gwangju/Chonnam/Chonbuk 2 (5.1) 6 (15.8)
Daegu/Gyeongbuk 1 (2.6) 4 (10.5)
Busan/Ulsan/Gyeongnam 17 (43.6) 19 (50.0)