This month marks Asbestos Awareness Month and the last week will have activities aimed at raising awareness within the public of the people who suffer or have died from asbestos-related diseases.
Now is the time for the public to me educated and aware of the risks associated with asbestos exposure– primarily in relation to Do-It-Yourself home renovations.
Of prime concern is the third wave of asbestos victims with marginal exposures who despite their short intense exposures, can be at a tremendous risk of developing mesothelioma.
Concerns were heightened this year as the community witnessed the disturbance of asbestos throughout the states Telstra pits during the NBN rollout.
Considering its once prominent use in a variety of industries, asbestos persists as an unwitting danger to the community.
This month is of particular importance considering Australia’s record of the highest per-capita rates of asbestos-related illnesses worldwide.
On average, approximately two Australians are diagnosed with the deadly asbestos-related cancer, Mesothelioma. This terminal cancer is aggressive and caused by exposure to the deadly material.
Unfortunately, the illness can take many years — between 10 and 50– to manifest itself.
If one is contemplating a DIY project it is of extreme importance that they undertake the proper safety measures to protect their loved ones and the wider-community.
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