5-8pm, 31 August 2019
Farmhouse Kedron, 9 Somerset Rd, Kedron 4031
Click here for more event information. All profits from the event will support silicosis research
Silicosis is a deadly lung disease, described as the worst industrial health crisis since asbestosis. It mainly affects stonemasons, who inhale toxic silica dust while cutting engineered stone products like kitchen benchtops. The silica dust settles in their lungs and stops their lungs from working.
Silicosis cannot be cured or treated, and it’s often fatal. Hundreds to thousands of stonemasons are at risk of this deadly disease. Since last year, over 100 have been diagnosed in Queensland alone. In March 2019, one man died from silicosis, aged just 36.
Through the Prince Charles Hospital Foundation, our researchers are hopeful that they’ve found a way to treat silicosis. It’s called Whole Lung Lavage and it involves washing the toxic silica dust out of the lungs with 25 litres of warm saline solution.
Professor Chambers and his team need more funding to move forward with their pioneering research and test their potentially lifesaving treatment. With more and more workers being diagnosed with silicosis every day, we need to tackle this health emergency now. Please will you help?
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