According to a recent report hospital in the UK have been treating a rising number of malignant mesothelioma cases over the past decade, with the numbers suggesting that mesothelioma cases have almost doubled in the past ten years.

Over the past year hospitals across the UK treated nearly seven and a half thousand cases of mesothelioma, which is a form of asbestos cancer that is caused by long term or high level exposure to asbestos dust and fibers. This compared to just under three thousand eight hundred cases that were treated ten years ago.

The numbers have sparked fears over an asbestos time bomb, which could suddenly explode resulting in huge number of people developing this cancer, which can lies dormant for many decades before manifesting. Once diagnosed many patients only live for a matter of months.

One MP said that the numbers showed that we were now seeing the effects of the conditions that many workers had to operate in in previous decades. He said: “We’re seeing the legacy of workers exposed to asbestos in the 1960s.”

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