The 4,500 Year Journey Between Asbestos Discovery and Its Banishment: Part Three

The dangers of asbestos have been visible for nearly 2000 years, so why did it take so long for it to be recognised as a toxic material. PAC Asbestos Surveys digs into the history of Asbestos from its discovery over 4,500 years ago to its eventual banishment in 1999. This is the three of a five-part blog series that we will be publishing over the next few weeks.

1947 – More Links Are Discovered Between Asbestosis and Lung Cancer

Dr Merewether conducted a study that found that 13% of asbestosis patients also had a form of cancer in their lungs or pleura.

1949 – The Mainstream Accepts the Harm That Asbestos Can Cause

Major strives are made as the Encyclopaedia Britannica lists asbestos as a recognised cause for occupational and environmental cancers. Additionally, the Journal of the American Medical Association concludes that asbestos is probably linked to causing occupational cancer, although it is set out in as certain terms as the previous publication.

1953 – Cases of Mesothelioma Found in Asbestos Workers

Reports begin to emerge of asbestos insulator workers who have contracted Mesothelioma.

1955 – A Major Study is Published on the Link Between Asbestos and Cancer

A majority epidemiological study demonstrates that those who with asbestos have a ten times higher risk of contracting lung cancer than that of the general public.

1960 – Another Study Strengthens Link Between Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma

Just five years later, another epidemiological study confirms ongoing reports that prolonged exposure to asbestos causes mesothelioma. This study also expanded to the children and wives of workers who had been exposed to asbestos.