No type of asbestos is safe, study confirms

2 Oct 2017 by under Research/Treatment

Chrysotile SEM photo 11 100x100 No type of asbestos is safe, study confirmsWhat the anti-asbestos cause has long maintained has now been confirmed: No type of asbestos is safe.

Researchers at General Hospital in studied 62 malignant peritoneal mesothelioma patients to make the confirmation, according to Surviving Mesothelioma. Researchers found that more than a quarter of the peritoneal cases, which affect the lining of patients’ stomachs, were linked to only chrysotile “white” asbestos.

Six silicate minerals comprise what we call asbestos: chrysotile, actinolite, amosite, anthophyllite, crocidolite and tremolite. White asbestos is the kind commonly used in many construction and manufacturing process and is often found in roof tiles, insulation and pipe wrappings. Some believe it is less carcinogenic than its other forms. For instance, in 1986 the International Labour Organisation voted to prohibit the use of just crocidolite asbestos, according to the World Health Organization. However, the WHO states, “Exposure to asbestos, including chrysotile, causes cancer of the lung, larynx and ovary, mesothelioma (a cancer of the pleural and peritoneal linings) and asbestosis (fibrosis of the lungs).”

This most recent study confirms that no form of asbestos is safe. “In fact, among the mesothelioma cases in people who did not directly work with asbestos (paraoccupational exposure), half of them were exposed only to chrysotile asbestos, suggesting that chrysotile, like other types of asbestos, can cause mesothelioma and other cancers,” Surviving Mesothelioma states.

More than 60 countries around the world have banned all forms of asbestos for its carcinogenic properties. Other countries, including the United States, still allow asbestos in pipeline wrap, vinyl floor tile, cement shingles and even some forms of clothing, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

 

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