Article Abstract

Prof. Nico van Zandwijk: all forms of asbestos are carcinogenic and safe use of asbestos is an illusion

Authors: Vivian Kong


Asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral and has been mined and used for multiple purposes by many industries worldwide (1). Exposure to asbestos fibres can cause life-threatening illnesses, so use of asbestos has been greatly reduced and it is now banned in 61 countries, including Australia (1). This time, we are honored to interview Prof. Nico van Zandwijk, who has been actively involved in the research on asbestos-related cancers and directed the Asbestos Diseases Research Institute (ADRI), University of Sydney, Concord, NSW, Australia from 2008 till 2017.