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Mesothelioma statistics

Mesothelioma Stats Doughnut

  • 2,570 people in the UK were diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2011.
  • There were 2,429 deaths from mesothelioma in the UK in 2012.
  • 94% (97% in males and 83% in females) of mesothelioma cases each year in the UK are linked to major lifestyle and other risk factors.


Stats, info and publications

See our Key Stats for a summary of the main stats and information.

See in-depth statistics for Incidence, Mortality, and Risk factors.

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The latest statistics available for mesothelioma are; incidence 2011, and mortality 2012. Reliable survival data for the UK is currently not available. Find out why these are the latest statistics available

The ICD code for mesothelioma is ICD-10 C45.

Mortality trends data are taken from the mesothelioma register, a database maintained by the Health and Safety Executive, comprising all deaths in Great Britain that mention 'mesothelioma' anywhere on the death certificate. This is the most reliable source of information on mesothelioma mortality, because it is compiled by tracking incident mesothelioma cases and additionally checking national death data. Prior to the ICD-10 coding system, which assigns mesothelioma a specific code, mesothelioma deaths were coded according to their anatomical site and therefore often confused with lung and other cancers.

Specific questions and answers about some of Cancer Research UK's statistics and information and explanations on terminology used for statistics and reporting of cancer, and the methods used to calculate some of the statistics are also available. 


We would like to acknowledge the essential work of the cancer registries in the United Kingdom and Ireland Association of Cancer Registries, without which there would be no data. 

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Updated: 8 December 2014