Chrysotile is one of the most common forms of asbestos still in use today, and can increase the risk of mesothelioma if it is inhaled and absorbed in very large quantities.
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What’s the problem?
Chrysotile asbestos accounts for about 90% of all serpentine asbestos found around the world. The most commonly used form of asbestos, the mining and export of chrysotile has prompted a continuous battle between health professionals and countries that mine chrysotile, such as Canada, Russia, and Italy. While these mining countries consider the mineral to be safe and eagerly export it to others, many organizations maintain that it presents a formidable health hazard.
About 90% of the world production of chrysotile is used in the manufacture of chrysotile-cement, in the form of pipes, sheets and shingles. According to the Canadians, some 60 industrialized and developing nations use these asbestos-containing products due in part to their cost-effectiveness and durability.
Other products that include chrysotile asbestos include those classified as “friction” products, such as brake shoes, disk pads, and clutches for automobiles as well as elevators brakes. Chrysotile may also be found in some textiles, plastics, rubber products, caulking, paper, roof sealants, and gaskets. Chrysotile fibers are also used in asphalt, and the roads in some countries – including parts of Canada – are paved with the material. Proponents of chrysotile claim that when mixed when asphalt, the material increases wear resistance without a loss of stability.
The fact remains that all forms of asbestos are carcinogenic, including chrysotile, and doctors and researchers have said again and again that no level of exposure is safe. Though the amphibole varieties of the mineral (such as amosite and crocidolite) are more likely to cause mesothelioma and other asbestos-diseases when inhaled, exposure to this serpentine variety carries the chance of developing cancer as well.
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