A recent study has shown that there is a high mortality rate amongst former asbestos workers from the North Carolina area. The study was carried out by Duke University and the University of Nevada, and focused on former workers from North Carolina who worked in the asbestos textiles industry.

Nearly six thousand former employees were studies as part of the project, and they were workers that had worked at least one day between the start of 1950 and the end of 1973. The national mortality rate was 1.00 but was shown to the significantly higher amongst these workers according to the results of the study.

The study also showed that those that were most at risk out of the groups studies were white males, and the second highest group when it came to risk of death from asbestos related disease was white female workers. This was thought to be as a result of smoking levels as well as the nature of their work.

Mesothelioma is one of the serious health problems that can result from exposure to asbestos, and is caused through long term or higher level exposure to airborne asbestos dust and fibers.

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