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Cancer-causing asbestos is present in nine out of ten NHS hospitals

Asbestos can be found in a staggering nine out of ten NHS hospitals, an investigation has revealed. 

A Freedom of Information request found that 198 out 211 trusts have the cancer-causing substance in their buildings.

Asbestos is a heat-resistant mineral that was popular in building and construction until the 1980s until the dangers it posed became clear.

As the material was cheap and resistant to fire, it was extensively used in building materials between 1950-1985.

The first reports about the cancer-causing properties of asbestos first emerged in Germany in the late 1930s. 

However, it was not until the 1960s that serious diseases like like mesothelioma were firmly established as being caused by asbestos exposure.

The danger of asbestos comes from microscopic fibres which can tear off the material and fester in the body to cause cancer.

It is now banned in the UK, but it is managed in existing buildings where it is in good condition and undisturbed.

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