‘Not A Finished Issue’: Almost 700 More People Die From Mesothelioma
Asbestos has been banned in Australia for almost two decades, but its devastating effects are still being felt.
Mesothelioma — an aggressive form of cancer caused by asbestos — is claiming the lives of an average of 700 people per year, with experts warning we’re in the “third wave” of deaths.
A total of 699 people died in 2018 from the cancer, according to a report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) released Wednesday, but that number is expected to rise, as more cases are reported to the Australian Mesothelioma Registry.
Mesothelioma has one of the lowest survival rates of all cancers, with just six percent of people surviving the first year.