Australia â€“ Concerns have risen after pieces of white asbestos were discovered on a number of Darwinâ€™s northern beaches.
Since then, the Northern Territory Environment Department has erected several warning signs to alert the public of the discovery.
Locals in the area reported seeing tiny, rock-like chunks washing up on the Casuarina shore in the past few weeks and contacted the department. Officials ran tests and identified the presence of white asbestos chrysotile.
Authorities believe the asbestos may have drifted over from the Nightcliff shore and there may be more to come. However, Parks and Wildlife director Digby Whyte said that white asbestos is not dangerous.
“We have put up signs to alert people so they can see what asbestos looks like and to not handle it,” he said.”We are in the process of getting organised to remove it. I understand that white asbestos is the more common and more milder form. I think there are others like brown asbestos and then there are types that are more friable but this is a cement-tile type.”
It is important that no one comes in contact with asbestos of any form. When asbestos fibers are disturbed, they can be breathed in and lead to several health complications. Possibly the worst illness associated with asbestos exposure is mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer.
Mesothelioma affects the lining of the chest, heart and lungs and is extremely difficult to both diagnose and treat. The cancer can take up to 50 years to manifest and may not even exhibit symptoms.
Unfortunately, there is only a small window period of about 12 months for mesothelioma victims to seek medical help. But even with leading treatments like chemotherapy, radiation and surgery, there is no cure for mesothelioma.
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