Belgium pays dearly for past asbestos importsFriday, 14 September 2018 17:26
Exposure to asbestos can lead to mesothelioma, a cancer found in the lining of the lungs, stomach, heart and testicles. The Asbestos Fund, which pays compensation to mesothelioma victims, registered 228 recognized applications for compensation last year.
Deaths from such tumors should peak by 2024, according to projections by a team at KU Leuven (Catholic University of Leuven) led by Professor Ben Nemery.
However, mesothelioma figures alone cannot account for the total cost of asbestos use. “There are still hidden costs, mainly because a certain number of lung cancers are also caused by asbestos but are difficult to identify,” Nemery explained.
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