Carpenters from the Baby Boomer Era are stated to be among those with the highest risk of developing cancers related to asbestos. A new study proposes that carpenters born in the 1940s are among those with the greatest risk for developing mesothelioma and other asbestos related cancers. As reported by Medical News Today, new research recently published in the British Journal of Cancer suggests that one of every 17 baby boom carpenter will die as a result of mesothelioma.

The study examined information on over 600 mesothelioma patients and 1,400 healthy individuals in the UK. Calculations were made for incidents of asbestos cancers among workers in various occupations from the same decade including carpenters, electricians, and plumbers.

Julian Peto, a professor and cancer researcher in the UK, is quoted as stating in the report, “The UK has the highest death rate from mesothelioma in the world. The risk is highest in people who were exposed to asbestos before age 30.”

Steve Coldrick with the HSE Disease Reduction Program is further quoted as stating, “The Health and Safety Executive and Cancer Research UK commissioned this research to learn more about the impact of asbestos related cancers upon our workforce, but particularly for those born in the 1940s who have potentially been more exposed to asbestos than later born tradesmen. This research demonstrates that HSE has been correctly targeting the workers who are most at risk to asbestos exposure.”

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