A spike in the number of mesothelioma cases near a disused Victorian asbestos factory has prompted the state government to roll out asbestos testing in the area.

A Victorian Cancer Registry report revealed there were 16 cases of the incurable form of cancer within a two kilometre radius of the Sunshine site for the 12-year period from 2001 to 2013. Victoria’s acting chief health officer Michael Ackland said the report confirmed a small increase in the number…