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Asbestos fear in industrial heartland

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An asbestos-related form of lung cancer, mesothelioma, could kill up to 100,000 people over the next 20 years.

Most victims will have been exposed while working in traditional industries such as shipping building and steel manufacture.

Andrew Hosken reports on how one of the hardest hit areas is the industrial north-east of England, where the number of deaths has been steadily growing in recent years.

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