New Study Blames Asbestos Insulation for Rise in Australian Mesothelioma Cases, According to Surviving Mesothelioma

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A study of the mesothelioma rates in the country shows a sharp rise in the Australian Capital Territory and researchers suspect loose-fill asbestos insulation may be the reason.

Mesothelioma Rates Rise in Australia's Capital

Rising Aussie Mesothelioma Rates

Mesothelioma rates in the ACT increased over time, on average by 12 percent per 3-year period.

Australian researchers say an area that once had the lowest rate of malignant mesothelioma in the country has caught up to other regions in recent years. Their newly-published findings are the subject of a new article on the Surviving Mesothelioma website. Click here to read it now.

Scientists with Australia’s National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at the Australian National University in Canberra analyzed mesothelioma cases from multiple cancer databases to determine that malignant mesothelioma is occurring more frequently in the ACT now than it ever has in the past.

“Between 1994 and 2011, age-and sex-adjusted mesothelioma rates in the ACT increased over time, on average by 12 percent per 3-year period,” writes lead study author Rosemary Korda.

Although there were no asbestos mines in the ACT, many homes were built with loose-fill asbestos insulation, which can easily deteriorate and become breathable dust over time. Officials are concerned that this may be contributing to the rising number of people with mesothelioma.

“While this study does not reach any firm conclusions about loose-fill asbestos insulation, it should be a warning for anyone with this type of insulation in their home that it is potentially dangerous and should be dealt with only by certified asbestos abatement professionals,” says Alex Strauss, Managing Editor for Surviving Mesothelioma.

According to the World Health Organization, Australia has the world’s highest per capita rate of malignant mesothelioma, largely due to its long history of asbestos minding.

To read the details of the full study, see Asbestos Insulation May Account for Mesothelioma Surge in Australia’s Capital, now available on the Surviving Mesothelioma website.

Korda, RJ, et al, “Mesothelioma trends in the ACT and comparisons with the rest of Australia”, September 2016, Public Health Research & Practice,

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