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Monday, April 03, 2006

Lawyer highlights high Tas asbestos-related illness rate. 03/04/2006. ABC News Online

Lawyer highlights high Tas asbestos-related illness rate. 03/04/2006. ABC News Online

A Melbourne lawyer believes Tasmania's rates of asbestos-related illnesses are some of the highest in Australia.

Margaret Kent has been handling compensation cases for Tasmanians affected by asbestos for nine years.

Many cases are directly related to the Goliath Cement Factory in Railton, in the state's north, which was the third biggest producer of asbestos products in Australia.

Ms Kent says she alone takes on up to 20 new mesothelioma cases a year.

"They're going up significantly from a few years ago, there are a lot more people being diagnosed and coming forward with asbestos-related illnesses. Proportionate to the population it's a significant problem," she said.

Respiratory specialist Dr Jim Markos says about 5 per cent of lung cancer cases in Tasmania are caused by asbestos.

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