A report by the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency (ASEA) projects that there will be 19,400+ new cases of mesothelioma in Australia before the turn of the century
mesothelioma (noun): a cancer of mesothelial tissue (lungs), associated especially with exposure to asbestos.
The report Estimates:
- 58 percent of new mesothelioma diagnoses will be attributed to industrial exposures
- 42 percent of new mesothelioma diagnoses will come from from third wave exposures
Third wave exposure means exposure from sources other than mining and manufacturing of asbestos, including through home renovation and environmental exposure.
Let’s do some maths
Turn of the Century is in 84 years , it is estimated there will be at least 19,400 new cases of mesothelioma in that time.
19,400 ÷ 84 = 231 mesothelioma diagnoses per year
There is 8760 hours in a year
8760 ÷ 231 = 1 new mesothelioma diagnoses every 37.9 hours
Remember these figures are just for Australia…
Mesothelioma is an unfair and devastating disease, not just for those who have been diagnosed, but also their family, friends and the community. Symptoms do not show up for a very long time after exposure. Peter Tighe ASEA Chief
Who is at risk? Anyone who has the potential to be exposed to asbestos. And unless you live in a hermetically sealed environment that has been asbestos decontaminated, that “anyone” includes you.
Asbestos is very often airborne and as such we are all at risk, the key to protecting ourselves is being aware.
Persons considered to be at higher risk include:
- Plasterboard workers
- Home Owners engaged in Renovation (particularly on homes built prior to approx. 1985)
- Anyone living/working in a structure that was built prior to approx. 1985
Asbestos Awareness Training is readily available, get yours now and stay safe.
You can read a copy of the ASEA report here