Asbestos Disease Statistics
By Warren Miller. 7th November 2016
A summary of the statistics for the four main diseases associated with asbestos exposure . . .
Mesothelioma in Great Britain: annual deaths, IIDB cases and projected future deaths to 2030.
Annual deaths in the UK from Mesothelioma have increased over the last 50 years. The latest information shows that:
- In 2104, there were 2,515 mesothelioma deaths in the UK, 2,556 deaths in 2013, and 2,549 deaths in 2012
- The latest projections suggest that there will continue to be around 2,500 deaths per year for the rest of this current decade before annual numbers begin to decline
- The continuing increase in annual mesothelioma deaths in recent years has been driven mainly by deaths among those aged 75 and above
- Men who worked in the building industry when asbestos was used extensively are now among those most at risk of mesothelioma
- There were 2,130 new cases of mesothelioma assessed for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit in 2015 compared with 2,215 in 2014
- There were many more male deaths than femail. In 2014 there were 2,101 male deaths and 414 female deaths
Asbestos Lung Cancer Deaths
- Recent research suggests there are currently about as many asbestos lung cancer deaths each year in the UK as there are mesothelioma deaths
- Implying there are more than 2,000 lung cancer deaths from previous asbestos exposure each year.
- The estimate is uncertain as smoking can increase the risk of lung cancer as well as asbestos exposure
Deaths from asbestosis are increasing in Great Britain. The latest information shows:
- In 2014 there were 431 deaths where the death certificate mentioned asbestosis and not mesothelioma compared with 109 in 1978
- In 2014 there were 198 deaths with asbestosis specifically recorded as the underlying cause of death compared with 36 in 1978
- There were 1175 new cases assessed for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB) in 2015 compared with 985 in 2014
- Increases in annual numbers of deaths have been driven mainly by cases above age 75 years
Annual deaths where death certificates mentioned asbestosis but not mesothelioma, and IIDB cases 1978-2015