A leading academic has mapped villages across the country where asbestos-related cancer cases have been observed, after reviewing studies conducted between 1970 and 2000 in Turkey.
Professor Lütfi Çöplü, an Ankara-based lung disease specialist, reviewed dozens of academic studies initiated by some universities following the increase in lung cancer cases in Turkey, particularly in Central Anatolia and Eastern Turkey. country from the 1970s.
By evaluating these studies revealing that asbestos, which is known as a durable material and used in the plaster of the walls and on the roof of some village houses, causes lung cancer, Çöplü mapped the colonies where cases chemical-related cancers are observed.
According to the expert’s findings, almost 100,000 people in 400 villages, mainly in central Anatolia and eastern Turkey, have been affected by asbestos.
The central Anatolian provinces of Kütahya, Ankara, Çankırı, Yozgat, Çorum, Sivas and the eastern provinces of Malatya, Diyarbakır and Elazığ stood out as the settlements where asbestos exposure was intense, the study noted.
“A chemical type called ‘tremolite asbestos’ is understood to be prominent in examining the building blocks of villages in these areas,” Çöplü said.
Stating that asbestos deposits can be carried away by wind and atmospheric conditions since these villages are in open area, the scholar said that it is beneficial to plant trees around the mentioned villages.