A new study compiles and provides the latest evidence of the magnitude
of asbestos-related diseases in order to present the best data for prevention
and regulation. The study finds that asbestos-related deaths are indeed
increasing worldwide while being significantly underreported. Present
efforts to eliminate this man-made problem and exposure have been insufficient
in most countries. Asbestos has been banned in 55 countries but is still
widely used today.
Although the scientific methods of diagnosing and reporting asbestos-related
disease have improved, many countries fall short of identifying and compensating
victims. A considerable number of asbestos exposure victims are miscategorized
solely as smokers thus underestimating the role of asbestos. In addition,
corporate and governmental interests continue to undermine the overwhelming
scientific evidence of the carcinogenicity of all types of asbestos.
The current policies and practices in place to prevent asbestos exposure,
both new asbestos use and management of existing asbestos, need strengthening
and adequate follow-up.