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Australia’s silent killer

The majority of people know asbestos is a very dangerous substance, but many do not understand what it is or why the mineral is bad for the body. Understanding asbestos is important because the illnesses associated with the substance can cause serious medical problems and even death. Asbestos removal Melbourne is good option to be healthy.

According to the Asbestos Management Review Report released in August, there have been 4700 deaths from mesothelioma in Australia since records began in the early ’80s. It’s estimated 25,000 more will die over the next 40 years. But as Asbestos wise (an information, support and awareness group) points out, considering almost everyone has been exposed to some asbestos fibres, these figures are mercifully small. More than 2500 people are diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases in Australia every year.

These include mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis (a condition that restricts breathing by hardening and scarring the lung) and pleural plaques (thickened patches on the chest and lung lining).