According to a recent report scientists from the UK have claimed that the dangers of exposure to asbestos may have been seriously underestimated. Asbestos is a known carcinogenic, and is linked to a deadly form of cancer known as mesothelioma as well as a range of other health problems.

The scientists have claimed that the effects of asbestos exposure may be more serious than had been thought. In a report that was published in the Lancet Oncology Journal the scientists stated: “Sufficient evidence is now available to show that asbestos also causes cancer of the larynx (throat) and of the ovary.”

The scientists also claimed that around one hundred and twenty five million people around the world still worked in asbestos contaminated buildings, with the report stating: “Although asbestos has been banned or restricted in most of the industrialised world, its use is increasing in parts of Asia, South America and the former Soviet Union.”

The report went on to claim that over fifty percent of work related death from six major forms of cancer were down to asbestos exposure. The report read: “Estimates for all six cancers [in terms of the number of occupation-related deaths] but leukaemia, are greater than those currently used in UK health and safety strategy planning.”

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