The use of asbestos continues to increase in Asia despite clear health hazards. A recent Respirology review notes that with approximately 4.3 billion people and a growing population, Asia will likely see a large crop of asbestos-related lung diseases in the next few decades. Some of the cases will be benign, but it is likely that there will be many cases of mesothelioma and lung cancer.
Efforts are needed to improve the recognition and diagnosis of asbestos-related lung diseases, and government and non-government groups must cooperate to take steps to prevent them.
Citation: Su Lyn Leong, Rizka Zainudin, Laurie Kazan-Allen, Bruce W. Robinson, 'Asbestos in Asia', Respirology DOI: 10.1111/resp.12517