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Asbestos related disease

There are four main diseases associated with inhalation of asbestos fibres.

The latest figures for diseases associated with occupational exposure to asbestos many years ago, are summarised in the following table*.

Deaths from mesothelioma (Mesothelioma register 2013) 2538
Deaths from asbestosis without mention of mesothelioma (Asbestosis register 2013) 477
Newly assessed cases of asbestosis (IIDB 2014) 985
Newly assessed cases of diffuse pleural thickening (IIDB 2014) 425 
Estimated number of cases of non malignant pleural disease reported to specialist physicians (THOR/SWORD 2014) 580

*In addition it is estimated that there are about as many asbestos-related lung cancer deaths each year as there are mesothelioma deaths.

Updated 2015-09-25