11 March 2009
Mesothelioma 'poses greatest risk for baby boom carpenters'
Carpenters born in the so-called "baby boom" generation of the 1940s are at a greater risk of developing the asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma than other demographics of workmen, it has been claimed.
According to research funded by Cancer Research UK and the Health and Safety Executive, men who were born during this decade and who worked as carpenters for more than ten years before they reached the age of 30 have a lifetime risk of developing mesothelioma of one in 17.
This compares to one in 50 for plumbers, electricians and decorators born in the same decade and one in 125 for construction workers.
Professor Julian Peto, Cancer Research UK epidemiologist and lead researcher at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, commented: "New regulations introduced in 1970 reduced exposure to asbestos in factories but heavy exposure to the much larger workforce in construction and various other industries continued."
Earlier this month, the Mirror made a number of calls on behalf of asbestos-related industrial disease sufferers, including one for "fair and equal" compensation for sufferers who cannot trace the insurers of the companies which exposed them to the substance.