Asbestos exposure is increasing at home

Overall rates of asbestos-related cancers may have slowed, but exposure to the toxic material is increasingly occurring at home, according to a report in the Australian Medical Journal.

The report, to be published on Tuesday, said patterns of exposure had changed since the importation and production of asbestos was banned in 2004.

A common source of home insulation in the 1960s and 1970s, asbestos is known to cause asbestosis and deadly cancers such as malignant mesothelioma.

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