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Unanswered Questions Regarding Asbestos Exposure: Concerns For The Next Generation

D. Banks, D. Banks
Published 2012 · Medicine

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Despite the numerous manuscripts published on the respiratory health effects of asbestos over the past 50 years, there are a number of clinically relevant issues that remain unresolved. In this report, the author addresses aspects of pleural disease, interstitial lung disease, lung cancer, and mesothelioma attributable to asbestos exposures and attempts to present reasonable evidence for his conclusions. In general, the worldwide use of asbestos has lessened over time and one is buoyed by the number of countries that have “banned” asbestos. Yet, this is not clearly the case in all countries. This worldwide initiative to “ban” asbestos leads one to be optimistic that the burden of illness that we recognize at present and which is the result of exposures of past generations will be lessened in the next generations.
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