Statistics for the four main diseases associated with exposure to asbestos fibres are summarised in the following pages:
The latest figures for diseases associated with occupational exposure to asbestos many years ago, are summarised in the following table*.
|Deaths from mesothelioma in 2014||2515|
|Deaths from asbestosis without mention of mesothelioma in 2014||431|
|Newly assessed cases of asbestosis for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB) in 2015||1175|
|Newly assessed cases of diffuse pleural thickening for IIDB in 2015||430|
|Estimated number of cases of non-malignant pleural disease reported to specialist physicians in 2015||564|
*In addition it is estimated that there are currently about as many asbestos-related lung cancer deaths each year as there are mesothelioma deaths.