Most mesothelioma deaths occurring now are a legacy of past occupational exposures to asbestos when it was widely used in the building industry.
The latest information shows:
- The number of mesothelioma deaths has fallen from 2 360 in 2010 to 2 291 in 2011 (Mesothelioma register).
- Despite a fall in the number of mesothelioma deaths in 2011, the annual number is expected to continue to increase in future years before peaking towards the end of this decade.
- The number of new cases of mesothelioma assessed for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit has increased from 1 985 in 2011 to 2 125 new cases in 2012 (IIDB).
- Men who worked in the building industry when asbestos was used extensively are now among those most at risk of mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma in Great Britain: annual deaths, IIDB cases and projected future deaths to 2030