One in four Mesothelioma cases could go un-noticed

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One in four Mesothelioma cases could go un-noticed

26th July 2011

A new worldwide study suggests that as many as one in four Mesothelioma cases could be going un-noticed.

The report, published by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences’ journal, Environmental Health Perspectives, states that little is known about the global magnitude of mesothelioma.

“The authors point out that in developing countries in particular, including some with extensive historical use of asbestos, mesothelioma cases are just not being reported,” said Bridget Collier, head of the Industrial Disease department at Fentons Solicitors LLP.“Mesothelioma is a dreadful, cruel and painful disease which is caused by exposure to asbestos, and kills one person every five hours in the UK.

“The report looked at all 56 countries with available data and used that to extrapolate a conservative estimate of one mesothelioma case being overlooked for every four to five cases that are reportedworldwide.”

Bridget, who for many years has seen first-hand the devastating effects mesothelioma has on victims, said that although the number of cases reported in the UK continued to increase, there was a concern that some cases were still being overlooked because people did not think they had been exposed to asbestos.

“There are a rising number of deaths linked to the use of asbestos up until the mid-1980s,” she said. “Although the devastating legacy of asbestos use in industry is now widely recognised, recent statistics showed that only six per cent of people actually knew what mesothelioma is, or how it was caused.”

The worldwide report based its estimates on figures which showed asbestos use until 1970, and warned that the many countries that increased asbestos use since then should anticipate a higher disease rate in the immediate decades ahead.

“It can take between 15 and 60 years after being exposed to asbestos before any related disease becomes apparent,” said Bridget. “Many people who are diagnosed often came into contact with asbestos several years ago and didn’t even realise, so it is vitally important to be vigilant now.”

How can Fentons Solicitors help?
Fentons has a specialist department experienced in handling claims for victims of industrial diseases including mesothelioma.

If you think that you have a case or require further information contact Fentons on 0800 0191 297 or fill in the online claims questionnaire.

Read more at: Environmental Health Perspectives