The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has reconfirmed this week that all commercial asbestos fibers – including chrysotile, the most commercially used form of asbestos – cause lung cancer and mesothelioma. The agency also reconfirmed that the toxic mineral causes laryngeal cancer and newly confirmed that sufficient evidence exists to state that asbestos exposure causes ovarian cancer. IARC, part of the World Health Organization (WHO), makes up the leading international cancer research agency, with some of the world’s foremost cancer experts participating in a number of specialized research groups.
Dr. Richard Lemen, retired Assistant Surgeon General of the United States Public Health Service said, The confirmation by IARC that all forms of asbestos cause lung cancer, laryngeal cancer, and mesothelioma, leave no doubt that the prevailing medical evidence is irrefutable as to asbestos carcinogenicity. Additionally, the new findings that there is sufficient evidence that asbestos also causes ovarian cancer will have far reaching implications to all women exposed to asbestos and begins a new chapter in the prevention of asbestos-related cancers.
The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), an independent volunteer organization expressed their gratitude and appreciation over the reconfirmation. Linda Reinstein, Executive Director and Co-Founder of ADAO stated, “We applaud these timely findings of the IRAC. The more knowledge we have about asbestos dangers, the more power we have to effectively fight this deadly mineral and some day end its lethal abilities.”