Warnings for DIY renovators in November’s Asbestos Awareness Month

Do-it-yourself (DIY) renovations are thought to be causing an increasing proportion of asbestos-related cancer deaths according to a survey and report in the Medical Journal of Australia (MJA).

Each year, around eight million Australians carry out renovations or extensions to their home worth $5,000 or more, according to Roy Morgan research.

While most asbestos is bonded (non-friable) – and therefore is less likely to be inhaled – some of it is over 50 years old and starting to break down (friable).

Furthermore renovation activities such as drilling, cutting or breaking up asbestos walls causes asbestos to be released into the air.

Exposure to asbestos fibres can cause a range of debilitating medical conditions. For instance, asbestos fibres ingested into the lungs can remain there and, 20 to 50 years later, lead to an aggressive type of cancer called mesothelioma. Diagnosis is a death sentence, usually within one year.

To read more about this story, please visit: https://www.medianet.com.au/releases/169257/

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