October 10, 2011 – A recent University of Wisconsin study has concluded that chrysotile asbestos is causally linked to mesothelioma, a finding that necessitates a world-wide ban of asbestos in order to stop mesothelioma. Chrysotile is the primary and most frequently used form of serpentine asbestos. Many countries have already banned the use of asbestos due to what appears to be irrefutable evidence of its association with mesothelioma. Others, including the United States, attempt to protect workers from asbestos-related diseases by regulating how asbestos can be handled.
The study was intended to disprove the claims of some countries, such as Canada and Russia, that chrysotile asbestos does not cause mesothelioma. The study reviewed scientific literature from around the world regarding the link between asbestos and mesothelioma. Researchers uncovered thousands of cases wherein mesothelioma had a direct connection to chrysotile asbestos exposure in mining, manufacturing, and communities.
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