As asbestos exposure-related cancer deaths continue to rise in the UK, scientists have renewed calls for the insurance industry to invest more funds into research efforts. The British Lung Foundation announced that death from mesothelioma will rise even further until at least 2020. Previous research had led to the belief that the spike in numbers of these deaths would start to even out by 2016. Mesothelioma symptoms usually arise about 32 years after the initial asbestos exposure. Once this type of cancer has been diagnosed, the life expectancy is usually eight months. Dr John Moore-Gillion of the British Lung Foundation was of the opinion that due to the lack of high-profile sufferers of mesothelioma, there is less money being devoted to the associated research. The Mesothelioma Bill, passed this March, has a pot of £380 million to help families of sufferers to receive compensation. There are serious concerns however that mesothelioma has no long-term plans for research and as a result, scientists are not being encouraged to follow this line of work as a means of a stable career path. It was hoped that if the insurance companies start to invest in the appropriate research, the government would see this as a cue to do likewise.
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Date Published: July 18, 2014
Author: David Brown