International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health. 2006 Jul-Sep;12(3):248-53. [Link]

Pandita S.

Asia Monitor Resource Center, Unit 4, 18th Floor, Hollywood Centre, 233, Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, China SAR.


China, India, Indonesia, and Thailand are among the largest consumers of asbestos. Because markets in the West are dwindling, asbestos is heavily promoted in Asia. In spite of widespread usage, asbestos-related diseases are surprisingly few and reported cases of mesothelioma are rare in Asia except in Japan, Korea, and Singapore. The problem lies in diagnosis. Most of the asbestos-related diseases are not diagnosed in Asia and thus do not appear in government statistics. This deadly substance is killing workers. Unless drastic action is taken to stop its use, Asian workers as well as the general population will pay a heavy price.