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MPs call time on asbestos as the deadly substance still kills 5,000 people every year

Asbestos was commonly used in buildings up until 1999 due to its fire resistant and insulating properties, but despite being banned for well over 20 years its legacy continues to claim the lives of thousands in the UK every year.

Former Leeds estate agent Rose Hall, 63, was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2019 – an incurable asbestos-related cancer with a 2% survival rate despite 94% of all cases being preventable.

“He just said, ‘you’ve been exposed to asbestos, unfortunately it’s incurable’,” she said.

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