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- The Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers Compensation) Act 1979
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There were 2,595 mesothelioma deaths in 2016 and is estimated that there were, in addition, a similar number of deaths due to asbestos-related lung cancer.
- 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.
Mesothelioma (updated 07/18)
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:
- Report by the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council reviewing the terms of prescription for diffuse pleural thickening under the Industrial Injuries Scheme (April 2016)
- IIAC Cancers of the larynx or ovary and work with asbestos: IIAC information note. February 2015
- IIAC Position Paper 23: Pleural Plaques (pdf) June 2009
- IIAC Position Paper 22: Laryngeal Cancer and Asbestos Exposure (pdf) July 2008
- IIAC Position Paper 20: Asbestos Exposure and Retroperitoneal Fibrosis (pdf) June 2008
- Report by the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council in accordance with Section 171 of the Social Security Administration Act 1992 reviewing the prescription of the asbestos-related diseases (pdf) July 2005
Last reviewed June 2019
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