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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 2011) 2 291
Estimated asbestos related lung cancer deaths (2011) 2 000*
Deaths from asbestosis without mention of mesothelioma (Asbestosis register 2011) 429
Newly assessed cases of asbestosis (IIDB 2012) 980
Newly assessed cases of diffuse pleural thickening (IIDB 2012) 460
Estimated number of cases of non malignant pleural disease reported to specialist physicians (THOR/SWORD 2012) 686

*This figure has been rounded because it is an estimate rather than the number of actual deaths.

Updated 2013-09-25