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 2012)||2535|
|Deaths from asbestosis without mention of mesothelioma (Asbestosis register 2012)||464|
|Newly assessed cases of asbestosis (IIDB 2013)||900|
|Newly assessed cases of diffuse pleural thickening (IIDB 2013)||430|
|Estimated number of cases of non malignant pleural disease reported to specialist physicians (THOR/SWORD 2013)||673|
*In addition it is estimated that there are about as many asbestos-related lung cancer deaths each year as there are mesothelioma deaths.