In 1983, Iceland banned most types of asbestos, this was updated to include further forms of asbestos in 1996. Despite the ban being in place for more than 30 years, cases of mesothelioma are still increasing each year.
Between 1975 and 1984 there were around 4 cases of mesothelioma per million people. In 2014, this had raised to 27 cases per million people. It is thought that the peak for mesothelioma diagnoses has not yet been reached.
Mesothelioma, as with all asbestos conditions, has a latency period of between 10 and 50 years. This means that if someone is exposed to asbestos and they go on to develop an asbestos condition, they will not suffer any symptoms until years after the exposure. This is why people are still being diagnosed with mesothelioma even though the substance was banned over 30 years ago.
It is hoped that the incidence of mesothelioma in Iceland will soon reach its peak and start to decline. In the UK, it is thought that the peak will also soon be reached and the numbers of people diagnosed with this insidious disease will soon reduce.
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