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Professor Can Comment on the Dangers of Asbestos-Produced Products Worldwide

Professor Can Comment on the Dangers of Asbestos-Produced Products Worldwide

Philadelphia, July 21, 2010

Drexel University’s Dr. Arthur Frank, a physician who teaches in the University’s School of Public Health can comment on the growing concern of the asbestos trade thriving in developing countries and the risks for citizens in all parts of the world including the United States. Frank can comment on: --The growing asbestos industry in developing countries such as Mexico, China and India. --How asbestos can make its way back to countries where its banned through products containing asbestos that are exported from developing countries. --The health risks associated with all types of asbestos including chrysotile or white asbestos that many claim to be less hazardous. Frank’s areas of research include agricultural safety and health, pneumoconiosis, occupational toxicology, occupational cancers, occupational lung disease and environmental pollution. Frank received a medical degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences from the City University of New York. He was trained in both internal medicine and occupational medicine and holds board certification in both fields. As a commissioned officer in the Public Health Service, he conducted research at the National Cancer Institute. His major research activities have included the study of occupational lung diseases such as asbestosis and silicosis, and occupational cancers, especially those related to asbestos exposure. He has worked in the area of agricultural safety and health. ### News Media Contact: Niki Gianakaris, director, Drexel News Bureau 215-895-6741, 215-778-7752 (cell) or ngianakaris@drexel.edu Photo Credit: Sonumadhavan, The Center for Public Integrity