Asbestos-caused cancers are trending up, according to recent data from 2017.
The grim facts from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare:
710 Australians were diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2016 – a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.
Western Australia has the highest rate of new mesothelioma cases (4.9 per 100,000 people).
Another finding of interest is that men are four times more likely to be diagnosed than women. This may partly be attributed to the fact that men are more likely to work in building and repairs.
“Occupational exposures were typically much higher and there was more certainty around them, which is likely to be the cause of the vast majority of cases,” according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
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