New Evidence on Asbestos
If more evidence were needed of the deadly hazard posed by exposure to asbestos, then it could be found in recently published papers in American and British peer-reviewed journals. Malignant Mesothelioma Among Employees of a Connecticut Factory that Manufactured Friction Materials Using Chrysotile Asbestos was published in June 2010 in the Annals of Occupational Hygiene.1 This paper concludes that:
The oft-repeated statement that there were no cases of mesothelioma from the Connecticut friction materials plant studied by McDonald et al. (1984) is not correct. We have described five cases of mesothelioma from the files of a Connecticut law firm and mentioned two cases previously identified by Teta et al (1983)
These observations have implications for the risk assessment of chrysotile asbestos. They also have political implications for the Government of Canada which has been called upon to ban the export of chrysotile.
Asbestosis and mesothelioma among British asbestos workers (1971-2005),2 published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine in June 2010, found that:
The asbestos workers experienced high mortality from all causes, asbestosis, and mesothelioma only one quarter of the asbestos deaths and two-thirds of mesothelioma deaths were identified through the underlying cause of death recorded on death certificates.
September 27, 2010