How an entire generation of carpenters has been blighted by asbestos cancer - Killer Dust - Asbestos campaign
- By Mike Swain, Mirror.co.uk
Professor Peto added: 'Our main conclusion is that end-user exposure to brown asbestos is a major cause of the extraordinary rate of mesothelioma in British men born in the 40s.
'You can see people in the national statistics who were carpenters when they were 65 whereas what matters is if they were carpenters when they were in their 20s. In our study 21 per cent had been carpenters at some time.'
Steve Coldrick, of the Health and Safety Executive which commissioned the study, added: 'It makes very grim reading for people in these occupations who will end up with this dreadful disease. Our lungs weren't intended to be vacuum cleaners.