Updated on January 23, 2017

2017 Top Five Asbestos FactsFACT 1:  Asbestos is a known human carcinogen and there is no safe level of asbestos exposure.

FACT 2:  More than 55 countries have banned asbestos. With Canada’s recently announced ban, the United States is now the only industrialized western nation not to ban asbestos.

FACT 3:  Top 4 asbestos producers reported by USGS in 2015 were (figures in metric tons): Russia (1,100,000), China (400,000), Brazil (311,000), and Kazakhstan (215,000).

FACT 4:  More than 107,000 people die each year from asbestos-related diseases.

FACT 5:  While promising research continues, prevention remains the only cure for mesothelioma and other asbestos-caused diseases.


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