Report Confirms What’s Long Been Known: Asbestos Bans Work to Prevent Mesothelioma

A study conducted by Spanish epidemiologists and occupational health experts has reached a conclusion long assumed by mesothelioma victims: the best way to protect others from getting the fatal disease, or any other asbestos-related illness, is to enact a ban on the use of the carcinogenic material.


 Study on Asbestos’ Role in Mesothelioma Published in Spanish Medical Journal

The study, which was published in the Spanish medical Journal Gaceta Sanitaria, analyzed and compiled the results of previously conducted asbestos and mesothelioma studies. Those reports showed that though every type of asbestos poses a risk, specific types of the mineral contain fibers that are particularly harmful.

The highest rates of malignant mesothelioma and asbestos-related diseases were found among those who had been exposed to amphibole asbestos, whose fibers are longer and thinner than that of other types of asbestos. This shape makes it easier for the fibers to become stuck within the body, and harder for the body to rid itself of. The presence of these foreign bodies eventually cause the cells to mutate, multiply, and form mesothelioma tumors.

EPA Concurs that Exposure to Asbestos is a Danger

In the face of what has long been known about asbestos and its role in mesothelioma and other lethal diseases, 67 countries around the world have banned its use. In the United States the toxin is still commonly used by the chemical industry, and remains in place from legacy use. Though advocates have worked tirelessly in promotion of a ban and the EPA has acknowledged that there is no “safe” level of exposure, to date these efforts have failed.

The last year, however, has seen progress on this front, with the EPA re-evaluating their position and polices towards asbestos providing real hope for mesothelioma advocates. Speaking of the results of their study, lead author José María Ramada Rodilla said that the only route to full protection from mesothelioma is to keep people from any exposure to asbestos. “Banning all asbestos exposure remains the best measure to preventing its negative health effects.” 

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Terri Heimann Oppenheimer

Terri Oppenheimer

Terri Heimann Oppenheimer is the head writer of our news blog. She graduated from the College of William and Mary with a degree in English. Terri believes that knowledge is power and she is committed to sharing news about the impact of mesothelioma, the latest research and medical breakthroughs, and victims’ stories.

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