According to the HSE, over 5,000 people die each year in the UK as a result of asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma, lung
cancer, and asbestosis.
According to the most recent data, there were 2,595 mesothelioma fatalities in 2016, with a comparable number of lung cancer deaths
attributable to previous asbestos exposure.
In 2016, 500 people died from asbestosis as a result of previous asbestos exposure.
According to statistics, the number of yearly asbestos-related deaths in the United Kingdom has risen dramatically over the previous 50
This is primarily due to asbestos exposure before 1980, and asbestos-related fatalities in the United Kingdom are now projected to remain
stable for the rest of the decade before falling.
Deaths from mesothelioma in the United Kingdom
The lining of the lungs and the lower digestive system are affected by mesothelioma cancer.
It is the only cancer that has been proven to be caused by asbestos exposure.
Unfortunately, mesothelioma symptoms do not appear for several years after exposure to asbestos and subsequent inhalation of
asbestos fibres, implying that the illness is already advanced by the time symptoms appear.
As a result, the condition is virtually invariably deadly, and patients frequently die within a year after being diagnosed.
Annual fatalities from asbestos-related mesothelioma in the United Kingdom are increasing among those aged 75 and above, but
decreasing among those aged 70 and under.
Men who worked in the construction sector at the time when asbestos was widely utilised are now among the most vulnerable to
acquiring mesothelioma later in life.
In the United Kingdom, mesothelioma is the leading cause of asbestos-related fatalities.
Asbestos-related lung cancer fatalities in the United Kingdom
Asbestos exposure is one of the most prevalent causes of lung cancer, second only to smoking.
Although it’s notoriously difficult to determine the exact cause of lung cancer in individual instances, epidemiological data may be used to
estimate the total proportion of yearly fatalities in the UK related to prior asbestos exposure.
People who smoke and have been exposed to asbestos in the past are more likely to acquire lung cancer caused by asbestos.
In contrast to earlier decades, it is predicted that there will be fewer asbestos-related lung cancer fatalities in the UK in the coming years
due to reduced asbestos exposure and considerably fewer individuals smoking.
Lung cancer caused by asbestos is a leading cause of mortality in the United Kingdom.
Cancer caused by asbestosis is the leading cause of mortality in the United States.
Asbestosis is caused directly by inhaling asbestos fibres.
Symptoms such as scarring and inflammation of the lung tissue will ultimately appear over a lengthy period of time.
Asbestosis, like mesothelioma, has a long incubation period, which means that any signs of the disease might take decades to appear.
Heavy asbestos exposure is associated with asbestosis.
Once asbestosis has taken root, the symptoms can have a significant impact on day-to-day activities; for example, patients frequently
report difficulty breathing.
In 2016, asbestos was indicated on the death certificate in more than half of these fatalities, although not as the primary cause of death.
In the late 1970s, there were only about 100 deaths per year in the UK from asbestosis, compared to the data collected in 2016.
Asbestos causes about 500 deaths each year in the United Kingdom.
Pleural illness that isn’t cancerous
Non-malignant pleural illness, unlike the other asbestos diseases described above, is not carcinogenic.
This pleural illness damages the lungs’ outer layer (pleura).
Diffuse pleural thickening and the less dangerous pleural plaques are the two types of this illness.
In 2016, 450 new instances of pleural thickening were reported in the United Kingdom.
Non-malignant pleural illnesses are a factor in asbestos-related fatalities in the United Kingdom.