More people are dying from mesothelioma in Sunderland than almost anywhere else in the UK, the Sunderland Echo reports.
Alarming new figures reveal death rates in the city are twice the average for the rest of the country.
Now, Wearside sufferers and carers are calling for more to be done to address the high numbers in desperate need of support and compensation.
Across Sunderland 105 people died from the condition between 2008 and 2012.
This year the Government announced a Mesothelioma Bill which aims to help those struggling to get compensation from former employers or insurers.
The average the number of mesothelioma deaths per 100,000 people for 2008-2012 in England is 2.6. Sunderland’s mortality rate is 5.2, more than twice the national average.
It is estimated that 300 people a year receive no civil compensation despite their diagnosis because their former employer’s insurers cannot be traced.