The APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers) have released new figures which lay bare the shocking extent of deaths caused by the asbestos related cancer, mesothelioma, in England and Wales. Figures have shot up by nearly a third over the past decade leading to calls of a “national tragedy”.
According to the latest statistics on average six people die from the affects of asbestos every day. These deaths come as a result of mesothelioma, a cancer exclusively linked to exposure to asbestos. Mesothelioma often occurs around 20 to 30 years after the exposure to asbestos happens and will always be fatal, usually within 18 months of a diagnosis.
Which Areas Are Most Affected By Mesothelioma?
The research from APIL covers regions in England and Wales and has identified the top ten areas with the highest mortality rates for mesothelioma to be Barrow-in-Furness, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Castle Point, Fareham, Eastleigh, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Brentwood, Stockton-On-Tees, and Medway.
Barrow-in-Furness experiences 11.57 deaths for every 100,000 people which is more than two and a half times higher than the national average which stands at 4.51 people for every 100,000.
President of APIL, Neil Sugarman, explained that the areas which have seen the highest rates are “no doubt seeing the effects of past industry where workers were negligently exposed to asbestos”. Many of those affected are past workers within the construction, trade and shipbuilding industries however, there is also a risk to teachers who may have taught in schools built using asbestos.
Symptoms to Look Out For
Mesothelioma comes with a range of symptoms. Cancer Research UK suggests that people look out for the following symptoms:
- A hoarse or husky voice
- Difficulty swallowing
- A persistent cough
- Loss of appetite
- Tiredness (fatigue)
- Sweating and high temperatures
- Losing weight when not dieting
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
Mr Sugarman also added that “The suffering of families affected by mesothelioma demonstrates how important it is that lessons are learned and health and safety in the workplace is respected.” If you have contracted mesothelioma and would like to speak to one of our solicitors about making a no win no fee asbestos claim, please get in touch. We are happy to discuss the circumstances of your claim without charge.