Mesothelioma by Location

The Health and Safety Executive notes that there has been a general increase in the number of deaths from mesothelioma in most regions of the United Kingdom. The only regions that have seen a slight decrease for males have been Scotland, North East, South East and West Midlands. An upward trend for women has been found in all regions.

The 20 most affected sites in the UK are:
• Barking and Dagenham
• Barrow-In-Furness
• Crewe and Nantwich
• Eastleigh
• Glasgow City
• Gosport
• Hartlepool
• Havant
• Inverclyde
• Medway
• Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
• Newham
• North Tyneside
• Plymouth
• Portsmouth
• Renfrewshire
• South Tyneside
• Southampton
• Sunderland
• West Dunbartonshire

Asbestos was also widely used in factories, chemical plants, power plants, refineries, commercial buildings and even homes and schools in the UK. Little thought was given to the potential dangers of the mineral, even though scientific findings from as early as the 1920s and 1930s suggested that the material was causing serious respiratory illnesses in individuals exposed to airborne asbestos fibres.

In the 1970s, it became apparent that cases of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases were on the rise in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Legislators recognised that it was necessary to take action to control and possibly ban the use of this toxic material, and hospitals realised that they needed to account for people who needed specialised treatment for this rare cancer.

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