Despite the constant efforts of organisations like SBS Asbestos, the number of people being diagnosed with mesothelioma is actually on the rise.
Asbestos Action Tayside is a charity dedicated to assisting sufferers of asbestos related illnesses. They have noticed recently that there has been an increase in the amount of people being diagnosed with mesothelioma. Which is the complete opposite to what they predicted would be happening at this point in time.
It was expected that the peak number of diagnoses for mesothelioma would have been 2016. This means that the year we started to ‘win’ against this illness, and the number of people diagnosed would start to decline from this point onwards. However, due to a continued upward trend of diagnoses the peak year has now been pushed back to 2020.
Worryingly, the charity cannot see a clear cut reason for this continued increase. They suspect it may be to do with the large amount of trades people who worked with asbestos in the 60’s and 70’s who are starting to show symptoms. Although there is nothing but anecdotal evidence corroborating this.
Between September 2015 to August 2016 210 people were referred to the charity group, of this number 62 people received a terminal diagnoses. This is up from 34 of 163 people in the same time period the year before.
We don’t need to repeat the dangers of asbestos, and how it ruins lives every single day. Instead we will continue to do our job at SBS asbestos and work on removing this terrible materiel from every site we find it.
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