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Mesothelioma deaths on the rise in England

August 19th, 2011

Deaths from mesothelioma and other asbestos cancers have increased four-fold since the 1980s, a report by the BBC has revealed. An official with the British Health and Safety Executive for that region states that deaths from mesothelioma are expected to continue to rise over the next five years.

Although asbestos was banned in Britain in 1999, workers who were exposed on the job are still at risk of developing mesothelioma or other asbestos cancer because of the long latency period of asbestos diseases. It may take up to 50 years before a victim of asbestos exposure develops the first signs of mesothelioma cancer.

In addition to workers who were exposed to asbestos on the job, wives of asbestos workers who were exposed to dust brought home on their husbands clothing have also been diagnosed with mesothelioma.

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