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Please in­clude your name, ad­dress and phone num­ber and a brief de­scrip­tion of the scene. as­bestos, as he’s a mem­ber of this as­so­ci­a­tion ( As­bestos train­ing may be a life-saver, Let­ters, Novem­ber 27).

In the late 1960s the pub­lic were still be­ing as­sured that most kinds of as­bestos were safe, and as­bestos sheds were still on sale. How­ever, in Vic­to­rian times it was no­ticed that peo­ple work­ing with as­bestos tended to die young, so the au­thor­i­ties surely must have known the dan­gers.

Many schools and pub­lic build­ings still con­tain as­bestos. Be­tween 1991 and 2000, 147 teach­ers died from can­cer linked to as­bestos; they had worked in class­rooms in­su­lated by the deadly fi­bre.

In June 2009 the Na­tional Can­cer In­tel­li­gence Net­work and Can­cer Re­search UK pub­lished a re­port stat­ing that when re­searchers ex­cluded gen­der-spe­cific can­cers, men were 60 per cent more likely to de­velop can­cer. They said there’s no known biological rea­son why men should be at greater risk of can­cer.

One rea­son could be that men are more likely to work in pol­luted en­vi­ron­ments, for ex­am­ple plumbers or elec­tri­cians in build­ings where pipes were lagged with as­bestos.

The num­bers of deaths caused by as­bestos is still ris­ing.



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