[Editorial] Asbestos exposure: the dust cloud lingers

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Exposure to asbestos fibres is to blame for most (>80%) cases of the notoriously incurable cancer, malignant mesothelioma. The UK death toll from asbestos-related mesothelioma is now reaching its peak, according to figures released by the Health and Safety Executive. In 2017, there were 2523 deaths from mesothelioma in the UK—almost double the 1317 deaths recorded in 1995. What are the reasons behind this surge?

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