Table 16.8Results of Long-term Carcinogenicity Bioassays and Epidemiologic Investigations on Natural (Other Than Asbestos and Erionite) and Man-made Mineral Fibers

Fibrous MaterialTumors in Experimental AnimalsTumors in Humans
WollastonitePleural “sarcomas”
Talc-containing asbestiform fibersMesotheliomas*Lung cancer mesotheliomas
Glass woolLung tumors mesotheliomasLung cancer
Rock woolMesotheliomas
Slag wool(Equivocal findings)
Rock wool + slag woolLung cancer
Ceramic fibersLung tumors

Studies by Minardi et al. 32

The evidence is still limited.

From: Chapter 16, Physical Carcinogens

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