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 increased to 2 535 in 2012 from 2 311 in 2011. This was largely due to an increase in male deaths aged 65 years or older (Mesothelioma register).
- In 2012 there were 2 126 male deaths and 409 female deaths.
- The number of new cases of mesothelioma assessed for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit has increased from 2 125 in 2012 to 2 145 new cases in 2013 (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