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Asbestos News Roundup – September 2018

Despite being banned in the UK in 1999, asbestos is still making the news regularly across the country. This is because asbestos-related illnesses often show no symptoms for several decades after exposure, meaning that a diagnosis can often come as a real shock to victims, who may have forgotten that they came into contact with this dangerous substance in the first place. We have compiled some of the ways in which asbestos has been hitting the headlines in September 2018.…

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The potential dangers of asbestos in our schools

Mesothelioma, an aggressive form of asbestos-related cancer, is responsible for around 2,500 deaths in the UK every year. In some cases, the victims are unaware that they have even been exposed to asbestos and it can be decades before any symptoms of illness begin to show. In the past, asbestos-related conditions have generally been considered to be ‘industrial’ diseases, but evidence is growing that people going through, or working in, the education sector can also find themselves victims of asbestos…

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Asbestos News Roundup – August 2018

Asbestos-related illnesses continue to cause around 5,000 deaths in the UK each year, despite the toxic material being banned in the UK by 1999. This is because it can take many years for any symptoms to develop in those who were exposed to asbestos earlier in their lifetime. It can often be decades later before those who were exposed to asbestos find out that they have an asbestos-related condition, by which point the prognosis might be very poor. To help…

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Asbestos News Roundup – July 2018

An estimated 5,000 people die from asbestos-related illnesses every year in the UK, mostly caused by their exposure to asbestos several decades ago, before the substance was finally banned, in all forms, in the UK in the late 1990s. Before the ban, asbestos use was widespread in many industries, including construction, rail and ship building, and many buildings constructed or renovated before the year 2000 are still likely to contain asbestos. As the symptoms of illness often take so long…

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Asbestos News Roundup – June 2018

Although banned from use several decades ago, the impact of asbestos is still being felt in the UK due to thousands of deaths every year from asbestos-related illnesses. We want to help raise awareness about the injustice of these deaths, the dangers of asbestos and to let people know about the support available for victims and their families. We have compiled some of the ways in which asbestos has been making the news in June 2018. A retired vicar, living…

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Common asbestos myths busted

Common asbestos myths busted Once called a miracle material for its heat and fire resistance, asbestos was commonly used from the 19th century up until the year 1999 in residential, commercial and public buildings.  However, once it was found to cause cancer and other illnesses, the use of asbestos declined until eventually it was banned.  Although it is now common knowledge that the substance is toxic, there are still many myths that abound.  In this blog, we sort out fact…

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Asbestos News Roundup – May 2018

Sadly, it seems that, although asbestos was banned in all forms almost twenty years ago, we are still seeing it cause damage all over the UK, with thousands of deaths from asbestos exposure still occurring every year. We have compiled some of the stories of people whose lives are still being affected, and ended prematurely, by this deadly substance, from May 2018. The family of a Scottish labourer, who died of an asbestos-related cancer at the age of just 66,…

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Asbestos News Roundup – April 2018

Asbestos is a substance that was used in lots of industries, including construction, for many years, until it was discovered that inhaling asbestos fibres causes cancer and many other health conditions. Most victims show no symptoms until their health deteriorates quickly, usually decades after exposure. Asbestos is now banned in the UK, but many existing buildings that were constructed before the late 1990s contain asbestos in some form. Around 5,000 people in the UK die of asbestos-related conditions every year,…

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6 common symptoms of asbestos-related conditions

Those who have worked in industries with a high risk of asbestos exposure during the 20th century, such as construction, joinery, ship building, railways or aeroplane manufacture, have a higher chance of having been exposed to this toxic substance during their working life. One of the most distressing things about asbestos-related illnesses is that victims often only show symptoms decades after the exposure that caused their condition actually occurred.  This delayed onset of recognisable symptoms may also mean that diagnosis comes…

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Claiming for asbestos-related diseases after death in the UK

Asbestos Claims after Death Asbestos-related diseases are not always easily diagnosed. Symptoms can sometimes take between 20 and 40 years to appear, although it can be as short as 10 years and as long as 60 years or more, and often the patient has long since forgotten about their asbestos exposure many years earlier. Due to the speed at which asbestos-related conditions can progress, a diagnosis may not become available until the sufferer has died and a post-mortem has been…

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