Asbestos Deaths still rising.


Asbestos Related Disease Statistics 2022




The latest report from the HSE shows a 6% rise to 2,544 deaths due to mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining of the lung due to exposure to asbestos, compared with the 2019 number of deaths. The report states that there were over 5,000  deaths from the disease together with asbestos related lung cancer and asbestosis. On Action Mesothelioma Day (AMD) held recently in Liverpool as an asbestos awareness day The Mayor of Wirral, Councillor Jeff Green said “it is shocking to note that In Britain, more than 2,500 people die from mesothelioma every year because of exposure to asbestos. Asbestos exposure also counts for approximately 2500 deaths from Asbestos related lung cancer and while the deadly material has been banned in the UK since 1999, it still lurks in at least half a million buildings constructed before that year, posing huge risks to anyone who comes into contact with it. He added “I am delighted to be here today supporting groups, charities and other organisations and individuals coming together who are calling for more awareness of the dangers of asbestos. The main focus of today is to raise awareness of the urgent need for research in to finding a cure for mesothelioma and to raise awareness that this is still a danger to those working or studying in buildings with asbestos today.”

John Flanagan, Support Officer for the Merseyside Asbestos Victims Support Group charity said “Again we read of a further increase in the number of deaths due to mesothelioma, another worrying trend is the 7% rise up to 459 in the number of females contracting the condition. He added “We are still seeing an increase in the number of patients with asbestos related diseases coming to our help line after the government predicted a plateau being reached in 2015 then moved the date to 2020.”


The Group can be contacted on 0151 236 1895         info@mavsg.org          www.mavsg.org


MAVS supporter; Chris Ingram, editor of Unionsafety website produced the photos and video of the day’s event.


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