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Asbestos Hazards and Mesothelioma Awareness

During the course of their daily activities, workers in heavy industries such as mining and construction may be exposed to asbestos hazards.

September 26 is Mesothelioma Awareness Day and it provides an opportunity to talk about the dangers and how it impacts these industries to create long-term health impacts.

Both populations are at risk of developing asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma because of their potential high exposure. While the use of asbestos has been banned since 2003 in Australia, it can still be found in existing structures, machinery, products, and is always a hazard in mines.

In this article, we discuss asbestos and where it can be found, the symptoms of mesothelioma, which is rare cancer caused by exposure to asbestos, and the safety measures you can use to reduce the exposure risk.

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