UK Asbestos Deaths and Illnesses | Still on the increase

Asbestos related lung cancer

  • The overall scale of asbestos-related lung cancer deaths has to be estimated rather than counted.
  • Research suggests there are currently about as many lung cancer deaths attributed to past asbestos exposure each year in Great Britain as there are mesothelioma deaths.
  • This implies there are currently in excess of 2,000 asbestos-related lung cancer deaths each year.
  • This estimate is uncertain, and since asbestos and smoking act together to increase the risk by a factor of 53 times, it is affected by past smoking habits as well as asbestos exposure.