Author Archives: Helen
Friday, 4th February 2011 is World Cancer Day. The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and its partner organisations are running campaigns worldwide with a view to raising cancer awareness. Around the world, over 12.7 million people are diagnosed with … Continue reading
This month a research article focusing on the global magnitude of mesothelioma was published online by Environmental Health Perspectives. The aim of the study was to estimate the global effect of asbestos use and the cases of mesothelioma.
Many people believe that asbestos is a thing of the past and we no longer need to worry about it. Unfortunately this is not the case. All too often there are stories of companies in the UK being fined after asbestos was unearthed during construction work, causing employees and members of the public to be exposed to asbestos.
The use of asbestos dates back to 4000BC when it was used in candles and lamp wicks. The shrouds of Egyptian mummies contained asbestos and it is thought that this is why they are still intact so many years on. The Romans used asbestos napkins and would throw them into fires to cleanse and purify them. Continue reading