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April 08, 2016 at 11:55 AM

A national study has shown Australians are still in the dark over the dangers of living with asbestos.
It is estimated 13,000 Australians will have contracted mesothelioma by 2020 and another 40,000 will suffer from asbestos-related cancers, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics data.Yet homes are still being sold without disclosure of whether they harbour the deadly material and there is no law to enforce such declarations.The study, carried out by the federal organisation, Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency (ASEA), found that while there is good general awareness in the community about asbestos and its dangers, few people are clear on where the mineral may be found within the home.

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