A new study conducted by a team of Turkish researchers has concluded that those living close to naturally occurring asbestos are more likely to have contracted the asbestos related condition of mesothelioma. This risk was higher than was normally found within the general population and terrifyingly seems to increase if the victims were living downwind from the asbestos source.
Asbestos is a group of naturally occurring silicate minerals, more commonly known by their colours as white, brown, blue and green asbestos.
Large scale mining of asbestos was already active by the end of the 19th Century and the remnants of this legacy continue to cause terrible asbestos diseases, such as mesothelioma today. The severe and harmful risks of asbestos became ever more acknowledged by scientists throughout the 20th Century, which gradually brought about legislation from the UK Government and subsequently gave those afflicted the ability to claim asbestos disease compensation. Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer, mainly attributed to asbestos exposure, which predominantly affects the linings of the lungs, internal chest wall and the abdominal cavity.
Despite knowledge that inhalation of asbestos fibres could cause diseases such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, asbestos related lung cancer, pleural thickening and pleural plaques major manufacturers failed to protect employees against the dangers of asbestos for many years and asbestos was not banned in the UK in all forms until 1999.
Like the UK, many countries have now either banned asbestos entirely or severely restricted its use. Sadly, such action has come far too late with the peak number of fatalities, due to conditions such as mesothelioma, yet to hit their peak in this country. As a result too many victims and their families are forced to look for mesothelioma compensation in order to provide recompense for this historical, horrific neglect of health and safety.
From their latest studies, scientists have concluded that the natural occurrence of asbestos in the soil could cause an increase in the chances of developing mesothelioma. They focused their search in Turkey, specifically the Diyarbakir province, where those living closest to where the asbestos was located, were up to two and a half times more likely to have developed mesothelioma than others living within the area. This does not necessarily mean that the asbestos was mined, but it could still be dormant within the structure of the landscape.
This study further highlights the potency of asbestos and the danger it causes. In this country the number of asbestos disease and mesothelioma compensation claims are still increasing year on year as a result of the UK’s past, historical dependency on asbestos as a material.
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