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Asbestos News

UK man concerned about being exposed to asbestos cement
A 60-year-old UK man who already suffers from a life-threatening lung condition is reportedly concerned about exposure to asbestos-containing cement in his garden, reports the Horncastle News.

Roger Stanley of Coningsby - who has been diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease - told the news source that high winds from earlier this year damaged a wall, which he believes released asbestos fibers into the air.

Stanley explained that he contacted the East Lindsey District Council to voice his concerns, and the site has reportedly been investigated. However, Stanley disagrees with the council's communications officer, who said the asbestos in this case poses a very low health risk.

"I want it dealt with now," Stanley said. "It’s an ongoing hazard and it needs jumping on. It’s broken asbestos with raw ends." He added that the asbestos is becoming a "genuine risk" and nothing has been done about it.

Stanley's concerns are not unfounded, as the inhalation of asbestos fibers has been linked to a number of serious illnesses including asbestosis, lung cancer and the rare cancer malignant mesothelioma, which attacks the tissues surrounding many of the body's internal organs.  
2/17/12

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