Official figures indicate mesothelioma death rates are increasing and that women may be more susceptible to the asbestos-related disease.
Research is showing that an alarming number of women are dying as a result of cancer due to asbestos exposure with the death rate of people afflicted by mesothelioma doubling in the past twenty years.
Officials suggest that this troubling increase in the incurable cancer amongst women may be due to second hand exposure to asbestos in the past and that they may be more susceptible to the disease in general.
Some historians and researchers believe that female occupations in factories, industrial premises and laundry facilities may have been exposed to asbestos that was used widely in all industries. With many cosmetics and face powders previously containing the dangerous substance, in some cases women may have been exposed to higher levels of asbestos in comparison to their male counterparts that are often thought to have been most at risk in mines and shipyards.
Unfortunately, many companies were unaware of the dangers of asbestos until it was too late. Even more worrying is the fact that large numbers of corporations came to know of the inherent risks to their employees and chose to ignore the hazardous substance; leaving it to affect thousands of innocent people. As a result, many thousands of people could be entitled to asbestos compensation and not know it.
Industrial illness specialists predict that the number of people dying from mesothelioma will rise and peak in 2016 due to previous prolific use of the substance. The North East of England is reportedly the most affected by this form of asbestos exposure with death rates for the disease exceeding other parts of the country. Sadly, mesothelioma often lays dormant in an individual for around 40 years, making it difficult for people to receive treatment in time. With their lives cut short by something that could ultimately have been prevented, the government has put in place measures to help individuals receive the asbestos compensation they deserve.
If you believe you may have been unwittingly exposed to asbestos in the past, don’t delay. Talk to one of our specialist team members who can take care of your claim and quickly assess whether or not you may be entitled to asbestos compensation on account of your illness or unnecessary exposure.