Mesothelioma from Chrysotile Asbestos: Update

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Mesothelioma from Chrysotile Asbestos: Update

Annals of Epidemiology
Volume 21, Issue 9, September 2011, Pages 688-697

Marty S.Kanarek PhD, MPH

Received 26 March 2011; Accepted 29 May 2011. Available online 4 August 2011.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Key Words: Asbestos; Malignant Mesothelioma; Chrysotile; Asbestos-Related Diseases; Environmental Epidemiology; Occupational Epidemiology


Selected Abbreviations and Acronyms: SMR, standardized mortality ratio; CI, confidence interval; OR, odds ratio

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