SAUDI ARABIA HAS BANNED THE IMPORT, SUPPLY AND USE OF ASBESTOS, THE OFFICIAL SAUDI PRESS AGENCY SPA REPORTED. IT SAID THE SAUDI CABINET DECIDED ON MONDAY NIGHT TO BAN THE IMPORT OF ASBESTOS STARTING IN 90 DAYS. FACTORIES AND COMPANIES SHOULD STOP USING ASBESTOS AND GET RID OF ANY THEY HAVE IN 180 DAYS. IT SAID REUTERS.
ASBESTOS AT ITS WORST
An epidemic of lung cancer caused by asbestos will sweep Europe. Killing a quarter of a million men over the next 35 years. UK-based doctors have warned. “The figures are horrifying”, says Julian Peto of the Institute of cancer Research in London. The Cancer which used to be extremely rare, is becoming more common, he said Deaths from mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining of the lung caused by exposure to asbestos, are expected to climb from 5000 a years in 1998 to 9000 a year by 2018. The epidemic will peak around 2020 and then decline.Total mesothelioma deaths could exceed 250,000 by 2034, Peto and colleagues predict in a study published in a recent issue of Journal of Cancer, men born. between 1945-1950 who worked in the building shipyard and engineering industries face the highest risk as they are most likely to have been exposed to asbestos’oused in the 1960s and 1970s as a heat insulating material.