ENVIRONMENT

Non-communicable diseases: the canary in the mine

Non-communicable diseases, also known as NCDs, have now been deemed a global epidemic according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Mining, one of the most hazardous occupations in the world, has also been shown to be one of the most at risk, with mine employees experiencing an alarmingly higher number of NCDs compared to the general population

Dr Rodriguez-Fernandez
NCDs consist of four groups of diseases – cardiovascular diseases, cancers, diabetes and chronic lung diseases

NCDs consist of four groups of diseases – cardiovascular diseases, cancers, diabetes and chronic lung diseases

NCDs consist of four groups of diseases – cardiovascular diseases, cancers, diabetes and chronic lung diseases. According to WHO, around 70% of global deaths in 2015 were due to NCDs, overtaking infectious...

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