European Asbestos Forum

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) has released new figures about the incidence of mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma is an asbestos related cancer. Although treatment of mesothelioma has improved over the years, there is still no cure for the cancer.

It is now thought that six people in England and Wales die each day due to mesothelioma.

Over the past ten years the number of mesothelioma deaths has significantly increased and the Health and Safety Executive expects that this will peak in 2018.

The new figures highlight the areas worse hit by mesothelioma. As you would expect, these are former industrial areas where workers were exposed to asbestos. The average mesothelioma death rate in England is 4.51 per 100,000 people. The worst affect area in the UK is Barrow in Furness in Cumbria where the death rate is 11.57 per 100,000. This is more than double the national rate.

The shipyards at Barrow in Furness will have contributed to its elevated incidence of mesothelioma. We have pursued many claims from former shipyard workers who were exposed to asbestos when fitting out ships and working with laggers who used asbestos for insulation.

Other areas with a high prevalence of mesothelioma are North Tyneside (11.23), South Tyneside (10.01), Castle Point (9.87), Fareham (9.55), Eastleigh (8.59), Newcastle upon Tyne (8.31), Brentwood (8.30), Stockton on Tees (8.05) and Medway (7.97).

The President of APIL, Neil Sugarman said; “Areas most affected by the high rate of deaths from mesothelioma are no doubt seeing the effects of past industry where workers were negligently exposed to asbestos. This is despite the risks being well-known since as far back as the 1950s. People went to work and came home with a needless death sentence.”

If you require assistance in pursuing an asbestos compensation claim for mesothelioma or other asbestos disease then please contact us today on our freephone number 0800 038 6767. Alternatively, head over to the ‘Contact Us’ page, complete the form and we will be in touch.

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