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The health risks

The health risks

The composition of asbestos means that it breaks into tiny, long sharp fibres which, if inhaled, become lodged in the lungs and cause several types of disease including:

  • Mesothelioma (a form of cancer caused by asbestos dust)
  • Asbestosis (scarring of the lung)
  • Fibrosis
  • Pleural plaques

Asbestos related diseases kill approximately 4800 people every year in the UK.

Below you can watch a video to hear one tradesman’s story and an explanation of the risks from a senior doctor here.