Mesothelioma is a malignant tumour caused by exposure to asbestos, maybe decades ago. Australia has one of the world’s highest rates of mesothelioma.
Asbestos is a building material that was commonly used in Australia. It has been found responsible for causing a number of serious illnesses.
This lung disease is caused by asbestos dust, with symptoms (shortness of breath, coughing) usually appearing 10 to 20 years after exposure.
If you are injured or become ill due to your work, you may be entitled to workers' compensation. Check your scheme for the benefits available if you make a claim.