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Asbestos also linked to larynx cancer

A new report says there is a relationship between asbestos exposure and larynx cancer, with suggestions that asbestos may also be a factor in colon and stomach cancers. The exact wording from the Institute of Medicine was “the evidence is:

  • sufficient to infer a causal relationship between asbestos exposure and laryngeal cancer;
  • suggestive but not sufficient to infer a causal relationship between asbestos exposure and pharyngeal, stomach, and colorectal cancers; and
  • inadequate to infer a causal relationship between asbestos exposure and esophageal cancer.”

Sen. Arlen Specter, who is trying to push through a bill to establish a fund for asbestos victims in exchange for litigation reform, is asking the IOM for further study.