Asbestos-related lung cancer: UK statistics
- Asbestos-related lung cancer is one of the most common causes of lung cancer in the UK after smoking
- Lung cancer is usually fatal within a few years of diagnosis
- Data suggests that there is an average of one asbestos-related lung cancer death for every mesothelioma death in the UK. Based on this, it is estimated that there are currently around 2,500 asbestos-related lung cancer deaths each year
- In recent years, there has been an average of around 260 new cases of asbestos-related lung cancer each year, with 240 new cases reported in 2019.
Asbestosis: UK statistics and facts
- Asbestosis is a form of pneumoconiosis caused by inhaling asbestos fibres
- Asbestosis cannot be cured
- Asbestosis can lead to various complications which can be fatal
- In 2019, there were 490 deaths that mentioned asbestosis on the death certificate
- Of these deaths, 219 identified asbestosis as the underlying cause of death
- In the 1970s, there were an average of 100 asbestosis-related deaths per year, showing that deaths have increased significantly over the decades
- In recent years, 97 to 98 per cent of people who die while suffering from asbestosis are male
- In Great Britain, male asbestosis death rates increased from 5.5 per million in 1981-83 to 16.8 per million in 2016-18
- During the same time period, female asbestosis death rates have remained steady, with an average of 0.3 per million per year.
- We brought the first successful case for asbestos-related disease compensation in the UK to the House of Lords in 1972
- Since then, we have helped tens of thousands of people suffering from asbestos to bring a claim
- In the last three years alone, we have helped 540 people secure compensation for asbestos-related diseases
- Thompsons operates the UK’s largest register of asbestos exposure.
To find out more about how we can help you or a loved secure asbestos-related disease compensation, visit our asbestos claims page or request a call back.