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Mesothelioma from chrysotile asbestos: update.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21820631     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
PURPOSE: There are different mineral classes of asbestos, including serpentines and amphiboles. Chrysotile is the main type of serpentine and by far the most frequently used type of asbestos (about 95% of world production and use). There has been continuing controversy over the capability of chrysotile asbestos to cause pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma. This review is to help clarify the issue by detailing cases and epidemiology studies worldwide where chrysotile is the exclusive or overwhelming fiber exposure.
METHODS: A worldwide literature review was conducted of asbestos and associated mesothelioma including case series, case-control and cohort epidemiology studies searching for well documented chrysotile asbestos associated mesothelioma cases.
RESULTS: Chrysotile asbestos exposures have occurred in many countries around the world from mining, manufacturing and community exposures. There have been many documented cases of mesothelioma from those exposures.
CONCLUSIONS: Chrysotile asbestos, along with all other types of asbestos, has caused mesothelioma and a world-wide ban of all asbestos is warranted to stop an epidemic of mesothelioma.
Authors:
Marty S Kanarek
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of epidemiology     Volume:  21     ISSN:  1873-2585     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann Epidemiol     Publication Date:  2011 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-08-08     Completed Date:  2011-11-09     Revised Date:  2012-06-06    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9100013     Medline TA:  Ann Epidemiol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  688-97     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Affiliation:
Department of Population Health Sciences, School of Medicine and Public Health and Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI 53726, USA. mkanarek@wisc.edu
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Asbestos, Serpentine / adverse effects*
Environmental Exposure*
Environmental Pollutants / adverse effects*
Humans
Mesothelioma / chemically induced,  epidemiology*
Risk Factors
Chemical
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Asbestos, Serpentine; 0/Environmental Pollutants
Comments/Corrections
Erratum In:
Ann Epidemiol. 2012 May;22(5):377

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