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Thursday, October 6, 2011

WHO Urges Worldwide Asbestos Ban: Mesothelioma Rates Surge

The World Health Organization urges a worldwide ban on asbestos productions, as deaths from mesothelioma continue to escalate:

"In conclusion, malignant mesothelioma remains a rare form of cancer but the disease is on the rise, probably due to the spread of asbestos use over past decades. Our analysis shows that the disease burden is still predominantly borne by the developed world. However, since asbestos use has recently increased in developing countries, a corresponding shift in disease occurrence is anticipated. Our analysis of the global mortality pattern suggests that there are early indications of this shift and lends support to the call by international organizations to eliminate asbestos-related diseases and discontinue the use of asbestos throughout the world."

Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2011;89:716-724C. doi: 10.2471/BLT.11.086678