IARC study links abestos exposure to throat and ovarian cancers

23 Jul 2009 by under Events, Legal, News

A startling new study from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (), which is part of the World Health Organization, says a new study reveals more cancers than previously thought are related to exposure to asbestos fibers. Results of the study were published this summer in the Lancet Oncology journal.

The findings were part of an article published in the July 19 edition of the Guardian, which says medical researchers now believe that the danger of asbestos exposure may have been “seriously underestimated.”

Asbestos disease – particularly – is a looming epidemic in the UK, expected to peak in the middle of the next decade, resulting in about 5,000 deaths each year, according to figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Many of these deaths will be a result of secondary exposure, in addition to more typical industrial type exposure, the agency says.

The Guardian article says “patterns of premature fatalities” among such professions as electricians, plumbers, garage mechanics, and even teachers and hairdressers” are now being reported.

Additionally, the government’s Industrial Injuries Advisory Council (IIAC) estimates that as many as 90,000 people each year may be developing pleural plaques – an early indicator of asbestos contamination in the chest cavity and lungs. There is a debate currently raging in the UK to determine whether or not people diagnosed with pleural plaques are eligible to sue for compensation for their injury. A 2007 House of Lords judgment barred these claimants, saying pleural plaques “do not alter the structure of the lungs or restrict their expansion.”

However, proponents for the rights of those with pleural plaques to sue point out that this early asbestos disease could develop into more serious diseases including asbestosis, a severe scarring of the lungs, and mesothelioma, a deadly cancer.

According to the Guardian, more than half of all work-related deaths from six major cancers in the UK are related to asbestos. Additionally, studies estimate that as many as 125 million people around the world work in asbestos-contaminated offices and factories, even if asbestos is not actively used in any manufacturing or other activity at that facility.

Now, the IARC study says “sufficient evidence is now available to show that asbestos also causes cancer of the larynx (throat) and of the ovary.”

6 Responses to “IARC study links abestos exposure to throat and ovarian cancers”

  1. Mike Crill Missoula,Mt

    Thank you for this info on finding of other causes/cancers caused by asbestos.I have a question for you.There are many things wrong with a asbestos victim that is not just a lung issue.I have said this for 10 years now yet can not get medical diagnoses due to liability to a proper diagnoses.Specially when telling a patient/Dr., asbestos is the cause.I know also that this asbestos fiber/Tremolite has been studied to death since the 60s when WR Grace did Hamster study and found Hamsters died of Mesothelioma from the Tremolite asbestos fiber found in Libby. This Tremolite is the cause of Meso…today we know…today we know alot.Now MY Dr. experience is mostly common sense that if it quacks/walks and shits like a duck…it is a duck.No need for million dollar grants to study this fiber/duck.BUT this duck is big business as long as this duck can be down played.And it has for over 40 years now.Anyway,many of my friends and family have female problems and digestive problems and even MS and diabetes which is rapid in this North Western part of the Country.Spokane Wash. is really bad and most of these export plants where this deadly Tremolite asbestos was shipped has left a trial of death.Meso in Montana is a study done from 1979 to 2002 with over 200 Meso deaths(known) of people who just live next to the Railroad tracks all out of Libby and all over this country.I know asbestos has alot with many things happening to us physically and mentally.I believe Crohns disease is caused by asbestos and Diverticulitis and MS and Diabetes also.This I would like to see proven and made public as with Ovarian and throat. Makes sense to me that what goes into the mouth goes out the rear and everything in between is exposed to asbestos causing all this cancer and pain and death.Plus I would like to see WR Grace pay for all my/our medical other than lungs for which they are guilty of destroying.Any light on these other effects? Thank you Wendi and myMeso.also thank you for Dr.Irving Selikoff story.A true pioneer who since 1999 I have used his work to tell the truth that nothing safe about asbestos and one fiber inhaled into the lung leads to cancer.Keep up the great work…

  2. Mike Crill

    Thank you for this info on finding of other causes/cancers caused by asbestos.I have a question for you.There are many things wrong with a asbestos victim that is not just a lung issue.I have said this for 10 years now yet can not get medical diagnoses due to liability to a proper diagnoses.Specially when telling a patient/Dr., asbestos is the cause.I know also that this asbestos fiber/Tremolite has been studied to death since the 60s when WR Grace did Hamster study and found Hamsters died of Mesothelioma from the Tremolite asbestos fiber found in Libby. This Tremolite is the cause of Meso…today we know…today we know alot.Now MY Dr. experience is mostly common sense that if it quacks/walks and shits like a duck…it is a duck.No need for million dollar grants to study this fiber/duck.BUT this duck is big business as long as this duck can be down played.And it has for over 40 years now.Anyway,many of my friends and family have female problems and digestive problems and even MS and diabetes which is rapid in this North Western part of the Country.Spokane Wash. is really bad and most of these export plants where this deadly Tremolite asbestos was shipped has left a trial of death.Meso in Montana is a study done from 1979 to 2002 with over 200 Meso deaths(known) of people who just live next to the Railroad tracks all out of Libby and all over this country.I know asbestos has alot with many things happening to us physically and mentally.I believe Crohns disease is caused by asbestos and Diverticulitis and MS and Diabetes also.This I would like to see proven and made public as with Ovarian and throat. Makes sense to me that what goes into the mouth goes out the rear and everything in between is exposed to asbestos causing all this cancer and pain and death.Plus I would like to see WR Grace pay for all my/our medical other than lungs for which they are guilty of destroying.Any light on these other effects? Thank you Wendi and myMeso.also thank you for Dr.Irving Selikoff story.A true pioneer who since 1999 I have used his work to tell the truth that nothing safe about asbestos and one fiber inhaled into the lung leads to cancer.Keep up the great work…

  3. BeasleyAllen

    Hi Mike!

    Thank you so much for your comment, and your thoughts on this issue.
    With your personal experience in a situation as extreme as the one in
    Libby, Montana, I know that you have seen so much. The findings of this
    new study are truly frightening, and an eye-opener as to just how
    hazardous asbestos is, and the future that may be waiting as a result of
    its widespread use.

    I will let you know what else I can find out about this study, as well
    as any others that may indicate that asbestos exposure could cause other
    adverse effects.

    Thank you so much, as always, for your willingness to share, and to
    speak out for the victims of asbestos exposure!

    Wendi

  4. Asbestos Industrial Disease 

    An asbestos industrial disease is caused by inhaling the very fine fibres which permeate the air when materials containing asbestos are moved or dismantled and these fibres can also settle on food and drink and cause an asbestos industrial disease by being digested.

  5. Asbestos Industrial Disease 

    An asbestos industrial disease is caused by inhaling the very fine fibres which permeate the air when materials containing asbestos are moved or dismantled and these fibres can also settle on food and drink and cause an asbestos industrial disease by being digested.

  6. Mesothelioma

    First of all, don’t go nowhere near asbestos.Second, you need to read about it because you will know what to do in order to avoid this disease from killing you.