At least one in three Europeans could be exposed to asbestos

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About one third of Europeans are potentially exposed to asbestos at work and in the environment.

That's according to a new report by the World Health Organization on progress toward the elimination of asbestos-related diseases.

People usually come into contact with this fibrous mineral through inhalation while in the vicinity of factories handling it, or from indoor air in buildings containing it.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

Exposure to asbestos, a group of natural fibrous minerals, can cause cancer of the lungs, ovaries and larynx.

WHO estimates that it kills 15,000 people in Europe every year, and is responsible for about half of all deaths from cancers developed at work.

The UN health agency is underlining that every death from asbestos-related diseases is avoidable.

A meeting recently took place in Haifa, Israel, to develop policies that will eliminate the threat in Europe.

While 37 of the 53 Member States in the region have banned the use of all forms of asbestos, the remaining 16 countries, mostly in Eastern Europe, still use the mineral while some continue to produce and export it.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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