Asbestos disease still impacts community

The Asbestos Disease Support Society is calling for greater awareness of the risks of exposure to asbestos. A new report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare highlights that asbestos related disease is still impacting the community. The report, Mesothelioma in Australia 2018 shows 699 Australians were diagnosed with the incurable cancer mesothelioma, close to 2 per day and this number is expected to rise as more cases are reported.

ADSS General Manager, Trevor Torrens said the aftermath of asbestos is still being felt across the community, with 71 members of the ADSS dying in 2018 because of exposure to asbestos. “Just this year alone, more than 30 of our members have succumbed to an asbestos related disease, predominantly mesothelioma. All they did was turn up to work to earn a living or just went about their daily lives.” Mr Torrens said.

People most likely to have been exposed to asbestos at work include, asbestos cement manufacturing workers, laggers and insulators, builders, plumbers and electricians, automotive industry workers, transport workers and textile workers.

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