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Table 3 Workers’ exposure characteristics concerning 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
Year of first exposure 1950–1959 1 (2.6) 1 (2.6)
1960–1969 2 (5.1) 5 (13.2)
1970–1979 24 (61.5) 20 (52.6)
1980–1989 6 (15.4) 10 (26.3)
1990–1999 6 (15.4) 2 (5.3)
Age at first exposure (years) < 20 11 (28.2) 8 (21.1)
20–29 18 (46.2) 23 (60.5)
30–39 6 (15.4) 5 (13.2)
≥40 4 (10.3) 2 (5.3)
Mean ± Standard deviation 25.6 ± 8.6 (min: 14, max: 47, median: 25) 25.7 ± 7.0 (min: 15, max: 51, median: 25)
Duration of exposure (years) < 5 6 (15.4) 2 (5.3)
5–9 4 (10,3) 3 (7.9)
10–19 6 (15.4) 11 (28.9)
20–29 14 (35.9) 14 (36.8)
30–39 8 (20.5) 4 (10.5)
≥40 1 (2.6) 4 (10.5)
Mean ± Standard deviation 19.9 ± 11.5 (min: 1.5, max: 42, median: 22) 21.7 ± 11.4 (min: 2.5, max: 50, median: 20)
Latency period (years) < 5 0 0
5–9 0 0
10–19 3 (7.7) 1 (2.6)
20–29 6 (15.4) 12 (31.6)
30–39 22 (56.4) 17 (44.7)
≥40 8 (20.5) 8 (21.1)
Mean ± Standard deviation 34.1 ± 8.2 (min: 15, max: 54, median: 35) 33.1 ± 8.2 (min: 14, max: 53, median: 32)