The carcinogenicity of chrysotile asbestos--a review

Ind Health. 2001 Apr;39(2):57-64. doi: 10.2486/indhealth.39.57.


The world production of asbestos has been declining dramatically in recent years, particularly in Europe and the United States. However, increases have occurred in Asian nations and chrysotile is the dominant fiber used. Important uses are in cement products, wallboards, friction products and textiles. From studies in the United States and Great Britain, chrysotile has been shown to increase the risk of lung cancer and to produce mesothelioma in exposed workers.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Asbestos, Serpentine / adverse effects*
  • Carcinogens / adverse effects*
  • Humans
  • Lung Neoplasms / epidemiology
  • Lung Neoplasms / etiology*
  • Mesothelioma / epidemiology
  • Mesothelioma / etiology*
  • Occupational Exposure
  • Risk


  • Asbestos, Serpentine
  • Carcinogens