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November 20, 2017

Asbestos More Dangerous to Children Than Adults if Exposed; Asbestos Advice Helpline Looks to Alert Public to Dangers …

Asbestos More Dangerous to Children Than Adults if Exposed; Asbestos Advice Helpline Looks to Alert Public to Dangers of Exposure

Recent findings by the Committee on Carcinogenicity posit that asbestos poses an increased danger to children than adults.

This latest report emphasises the danger of exposure to children, particularly when we take into account that approximately three-quarters of England’s 24,000 schools are estimated to have asbestos in them.

(PRWEB UK) 4 July 2013

The Asbestos Advice Helpline are seeking to remind people of the dangers of exposure to asbestos, particularly in the wake of a recent study by the Committee on Carcinogenicity (published 07/06/2013, http://www.iacoc.org.uk/statements/documents/Asbestosinschoolsstatement.pdf) highlighting the increased danger it poses to children.

Exposure to asbestos can be up to five times more dangerous for a five-year-old than a thirty-year-old, according to a recent study from the Committee on Carcinogenicity published last month. The report was the result of two years of work that admits a “number of uncertainties and gaps”, but nevertheless concludes that “due to the increased life expectancy of children compared to adults, there is an increased lifetime risk of mesothelioma as a result of the long latency period of the disease.”

Speaking on the report, Linda Fletcher of The Asbestos Advice Helpline said: ‘Asbestos and asbestos related diseases such as mesothelioma are often associated with those over 40, particularly males who have worked or are working in the construction industry. This latest report emphasises the danger of exposure to children, particularly when we take into account that approximately three-quarters of England’s 24,000 schools are estimated to have asbestos in them.’

The Asbestos Advice Helpline was established to help those suffering from asbestos and asbestos related diseases and may be entitled to make a claim for compensation. Widely used until its ban in 1988, many people might have come into contact with it without realising, not just trade professionals who will have worked with it before the ban. The Asbestos Advice Helpline operate on a no win no fee policy to help those afflicted and their families with the legal procedures of making a claim. Asbestos kills around 4,500 people a year from related diseases including asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer.

Ms.Fletcher added, ‘As asbestos can often take decades to show signs of damage on the body, it is likely that many children will grow up with the disease as it matures. The current government ruling that it is safer to leave it where it is than remove it needs to be re-evaluated, as even the smallest release of fibres into the air can have massive consequences for any who breathe it in.’

For more information, to make a claim with The Asbestos Advice Helpline, or to contact them about any of their services, visit them at their website, http://www.asbestosadvicehelpline.com.


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