Contracting an Asbestos related disease can occur through both occupational and non-occupational exposure. Any one in the community is at risk if they have some form of exposure. Who Is At Risk Today ?
- Maintenance Workers
- Demolition Workers
- Teachers, Students, Parents
- Nurses, Doctors, Patients
- “Do It Yourself” Renovating Enthusiasts
- General Public
- We Could All Be At Risk!
Because the fibres are so diminutive and when inhaled they can easily penetrate the body tissue. Their indestructibility means the natural bodily defences cannot break them down. Their presence can lead;
- Asbestosis – fibrosis scarring of the lung,
- Mesothelioma – malignancy of the pleura (lining of the lung and the abdominal cavity)
- Lung Cancer – bronchus cancer.
All three are fatal especially mesothelioma.
The effects of asbestos exposure can take up to 40 years or more to become apparent.
It is important to note that for children “The risk of (fatal) mesothelioma is very much higher when exposure occurs early in life”… USA Health & Safety Commission.
How Great is the Risk?
There is no minimum safe level of exposure to asbestos fibres. The risk increases with increased or multiple exposure. It is not possible to assess whether there is a level of exposure in humans below which an increased risk of cancer or Mesothelioma would not occur.
What can you do?
Firstly following appropriate safety guidelines for working with and removing asbestos as laid out by the relevant Government Authorities to avoid or minimise your exposure.
Have regular medical check ups.
Stop Smoking – research has demonstrated that the effects of asbestos exposure and smoking combine in a multiplicative synergistic manner in the developments of lung cancer.
Be Alert for warning signs:
- Shortness of breath,
- persistent cough,
- rapid weight loss,
- chest or abdominal pain,
- blood in the sputum.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms please see your doctor or call the Advisory Service on 1800 646 690 or 08 9344 4077 and make an appointment to see our onsite Doctor specialising in the area of asbestos related Diseases.
OnSite Medical Support
The Advisory Service is very privileged to have attracted the services of Dr Gregory Deleuil. Dr Deleuil has been working with the Service for 27 years and he himself has had exposure. He conducts regular clinics and provides ongoing support and specialist referrals for sufferers.
Dr Deleuil (above) supports regular screenings of workers who have been exposed to asbestos.
The purpose of screening is to:
- Pick up the symptoms of disease early
- Assess if any medical treatment is possible
- Specialist referral
- Prevent the possibility of further exposure
- Advise against smoking
- Discuss health effects
- Record the incidence of disease
- Develop work histories and evidence for compensation
To make an appointment please call 1800 646 690 or 08 9344 4077.
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