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Mesothelioma – A Losing Battle In More Ways Than One

Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer that is believed to be caused by Asbestos exposure. This cancer forms in the mesothelium, which is the double lining that covers and protects most vital human organs. This lining forms a sac around the organs that holds a lubricating fluid. When malignant tumors form in the mesothelium, Mesothelioma is generally the diagnosis.

Even though scientists and researchers know that there is a strong link  between Asbestos exposure and Mesothelioma (one of the deadliest forms of cancer), government entities in Canada still refuse to shut down Asbestos mines. A similar battle is coming to head in Washington D.C., in the USA, as advocates try to get Asbestos banned and many fight against it.

The Canadian Medical Association, Canadian Cancer Society, researchers, health organizations and individuals have made a valiant effort to have the Asbestos mines in Canada, permanently shut down. However, the Asbestos mine has requested a$58 million dollar loan to reopen and continue removing and exporting Asbestos. The loan has been approved at the disdain of the organizations that know the health ramifications of Asbestos.

Canada admits that they do not typically use Asbestos anymore. Most of what is mined is exported to other countries. In fact, the Asbestos that is in buildings and homes in Canada is being removed. Even the Asbestos in the Prime Ministers house is being removed at this time. However, the profits from the export of the product seem to be worth the risk of mining it.

The Jeffrey Mine in Asbestos, Canada, will reopen with the money from this loan. The reopening of the mine will put 400 people back to work in this small town in Canada. The question remains; At what cost? It is estimated that the $58 million loan will keep the mine open for at least 20 years.

According to a United States Geological Survey, there has been a 34% increase of the consumption of Asbestos in the USA since 2011. Up to this point in time, the United States has not been willing to ban Asbestos even though Europe has banned it and the World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended it be banned. The WHO has Asbestos listed as a serious carcinogen, and estimates that over 100,000 people die worldwide each year from Asbestos related cancers and complications. The World Health Organization estimates that more than 2,500 people die in America each year due to Asbestos exposure related cancers, such as Mesothelioma. Considering the facts, why are the United States and Canada having such a difficult time banning the mining and usage of Asbestos?