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Figures released by the Office of National Statistics has stated that the number of people dying in Torfaen from asbestos related lung cancer is the second worst in Wales, it has been reported.
Mesothelioma is a cancerous tumour of the lining of the lung, caused by asbestos. 116 people in Wales died from mesothelioma last year, compared to 95 in 2001.
It is reported that the mortality rate for mesothelioma in Torfaen is higher than the UK average and second only in Wales to the Vale of Glamorgan. The figure in Torfaen is 5.4 deaths per 100,000 compared to the UK average of 4.5 deaths per 100,000.
Andrew Stinchcombe of Novum Law comments “This is another example of the deadly legacy that asbestos leaves behind. The number of mesothelioma claims in the UK is continuing to rise. It can take many decades for the disease to develop after the asbestos exposure has occurred”.
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