Asbestos Related Disease Statistics UK

2,542 mesothelioma deaths in 2015

467 Asbestosis deaths in 2015

 

Inhalation of asbestos fibres can cause cancers such as mesothelioma and lung cancer and other serious lung diseases such as asbestosis and pleural thickening.

 

  • All asbestos-related diseases typically take many years to develop so current statistics reflect the legacy of past working conditions.
  • Widespread use of asbestos-containing products in the past, particularly in the post-WWII building industry, led to a large increase in asbestos-related disease in Great Britain over the last few decades.
  • The cancer, mesothelioma, has such a strong relationship with asbestos that annual deaths give a particularly clear view of the effect of past exposures
  • Annual deaths increased steeply over the last 50 years, largely as a result of asbestos exposure prior to 1980, and are now expected to continue at current levels for the rest of the decade before declining

Further information

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Other Conditions

There is some evidence to suggest that asbestos can also cause laryngeal cancer and may be implicated in causing pharyngeal, stomach and colorectal cancer…and conceivably a wide range of others. Asbestos: Effects on health of exposure to asbestos. Richard Doll and Julian Peto. HSE.1985.pdf

All types of asbestos cause lung cancer, mesothelioma, cancer of the larynx and ovary, and asbestosis. World Health Organisation. www.who

Across Europe 10 asbestos-related cancers are recognised; in the UK only two, lung cancer and mesothelioma, are prescribed. And it seems IIAC is content to see workers with eight of the 10 asbestos related cancers continue to miss out. http://www.hazards.org

 

The UK Government advisory body the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council (IIAC) has not recommended that the UK Government add those ‘other’ conditions to the list of prescribed diseases for the purposes of claiming Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit & State (government) Compensation.

Industrial Injuries Advisory Council (IIAC) and Asbestos-related Diseases Reports & Position Papers:

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Last reviewed March 2018