More people die of asbestos in the work environment

A new report from the Interantional Working Environment Commission, ICOH, shows five times as many cases of lung cancer where asbestos in the workplace is the cause, reports the Workers' Protection magazine.

More than 1,100 people died in Sweden in 2016 in cancer diseases caused by asbestos in the working environment. Previous research has argued that asbestos has caused about as many cases of cancer disease mesothelioma as asbestos-related lung cancer. According to the new research, there are 5.2 cases of lung cancer for every case of mesothelioma.

If there is mesothelioma, there is asbestos. And then there are also six, seven or even up to ten times more lung cancer.

In the year of 2016, 1,157 people died of asbestos-related diseases, of whom 173 died of mesothelioma.

Estimated number of people who died in asbestos-related diseases in Sweden 2016:
- Mesothelioma: 173
- Lung cancer: 898
- Ovarian cancer: 63
- Laryngeal cancer: 10
- Asbestos: 13

More than 250,000 people die worldwide in asbestos-related diseases, according to the World Health Organization, WHO, which has now raised the figure from 100,000. The dark figure may remain large, warns the researchers behind the new report and Swedish experts.

Source: The newspaper Work Safety

Researchers demand 100 times lower limit values for asbestos

The International Working Environment Commission's research report comes with a radical proposal: a hundred times lower limit value for asbestos, according to an article in the journal Work Safety.


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