Asbestos in the Environment

OncoLink Team
The Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania
Last Modified: May 7, 2013

Question

Is asbestos found naturally in the environment? I read it is more common in certain parts of the world.

Answer

Dan Sterman, MD, Interventional Pulmonologist at Penn Medicine, responds:

Asbestos is a naturally occurring group of minerals that is indeed more prevalent in certain areas of the world. Large quantities of asbestos fibers have been found in Australia, South Africa, Canada, and California, as well as many other areas around the world.

This question and answer was part of the OncoLink Brown Bag Chat Series. View the entire Focus on Mesothelioma transcript.

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