"MONTREAL -- The Canadian asbestos sector wants Ottawa's help to challenge a death-toll estimate from the World Health Organization that says asbestos-related diseases kill more than 100,000 people every year."
"The figure is a major irritant for the industry, one often cited by critics who want to block future asbestos development over health concerns.
A leading industry player says the estimate by the WHO, the United Nations health authority, is an exaggeration based on unfounded evidence. ...
A senior official for the WHO said the organization stands by its estimate that asbestos-related diseases, such as certain forms of lung cancer, kill more than 107,000 people around the world each year. ... Ivan Ivanov, a team leader in the WHO's department of public health and environment, said the estimate is based on data from published scientific research."