Solicitors report more mesothelioma

The British Mesothelioma Register's statistics show that mesothelioma, a cancer caused by asbestos exposure, is on the rise.

Mesothelioma deaths have risen from 153 in 1968, to 1969 in 2004, according to a new report, with a peak estimated in the next few years' time.

The majority of fatalities occur in men and those who work in industries that have previous evidence of high level asbestos exposure.

Andrew Morgan, from Field Fisher Waterhouse, commented: "These national figures confirm our experience that mesothelioma deaths are continuing to rise. They show that we have not yet reached the peak in mesothelioma mortality."

Mr Morgan said that in the past 25 years the number of cases of mesothelioma that solicitors in Britain and Northern Ireland have seen could have risen by as much as 1,000 per year.

"Whilst these figures may not increase much over the next few years they will not fall to low levels again for perhaps 20 years or more," he concluded.

Laggers, pipe-fitters and carpenters are those at particularly high risk.

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