Mesothelioma is more common amongst people who have lived and worked in areas with a strong industrial past, as asbestos was heavily used in industries such as ship building and manufacturing. In fact, official figures clearly show that the highest incidences of mesothelioma cases in the UK are in areas with a strong history of ship building, including Barrow-in-Furness, Plymouth, Portsmouth, South Tyneside and West Dunbartonshire.
As many people in these areas were employed in the same industries where asbestos was prevalent, a larger number were exposed to asbestos fibres at work and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma years after the event.
A similar pattern has been seen in areas close to or containing railway engineering sites, such as Crewe, Nantwich and Eastleigh.
Individuals who have worked in asbestos product manufacturing industries are also at a higher risk of developing the condition. Again, many Mesothelioma cases have been seen in places which used to have factories that made asbestos products, such as Barking, Dagenham and Newham.