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Safe Work Australia releases latest mesothelioma report

- Thursday, May 21, 2015

Safe work Australia recently release their latest report on mesothelioma. This presents a factual analysis of mesothelioma cases taking into account data up to 2013 and is based on data from the Australian Mesothelioma Registry (AMR) and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). In addition to mesothelioma statistics, the report provides background information on the production and use of asbestos in Australia, including an overview of regulations and initiatives aimed at preventing exposure to asbestos.

Key findings include:

  • The AMR was notified of 652 new cases of mesothelioma in 2012. The preliminary number of diagnoses for 2013 is 575.
  • AIHW data shows that the number of new mesothelioma cases has risen steadily in most years since 1982, when national data first became available, and peaked at 690 in 2011.
  • Of the 690 mesothelioma cases in 2011, 83 percent were of males and 90 percent were of people aged 60 years and above.
  • The number of deaths due to mesothelioma generally increased between 1997 and 2012 and reached a peak of 638 in 2012.
  • Of the 638 mesothelioma deaths in 2012, 84 percent were of males and 94 percent were of people aged 60 years and above.

Click here to read a copy of the report.