Last Updated on September 25, 2017 by Kirsty Smithson
The HSE (Health and Safety Executive) have recently released figures showing the number of people in the UK that died from mesothelioma in 2015.
The areas with the most deaths were Barrow-in-Furness, North Tyneside, West Dunbartonshire, Dagenham, Barking and Sunderland.
Director of Services for Mesothelioma UK, Liz Darlison, said, “While the numbers released by the HSE are high, we are here to provide both care and support for patients and funds for research which will hopefully identify new treatments. There are many clinical trials taking place up and down the country, some of which are having great successes in improving prognosis for patients.
We are well on our way to providing a comprehensive team of clinical nurse specialists to cover the whole of the UK. We currently fund 13 nurses around the country, including ones in the high incidence areas such as the North East, Portsmouth, Plymouth and Scotland.”
“Our aim to increase the number of nurses to 28 over the next 5 years to support the NHS to drive up standards and ensure patients have access to world class treatment, trials and care.”
In 2015, there were a total of 2,542 mesothelioma deaths in the UK.
407 of these deaths were women, and 2,135 were men.
Figures have been collected by the HSE since 1981 for mortality rates from mesothelioma.
These figures were analysed for the period from 1981 up until 2015.
The total number of deaths in this period stood at 45,527 men and 8,054 women.
They discovered that the highest number of deaths in males over this period were seen in the North East, the South East and Scotland.
And the highest number of deaths in females were found to be in the North East, East of England and London.
The specific areas that showed the highest male mesothelioma death rates and in order of rank in the UK were:-
Whereas, the specific areas that showed the highest female mesothelioma death rates in the UK were:-
These figures are based on the area where the person last lived at the time of their death.
Because mesothelioma has such a long latency period, the chances are that the person may have been exposed to asbestos somewhere else years previously.
According to these figures, it is estimated that there will be approximately 2,500 mesothelioma deaths per year for the rest of this decade.
You can read more about the HSE’s findings over on their website https://press.hse.gov.uk/2017/hse-releases-annual-workplace-fatality-figures/
Source of article:- https://www.mesothelioma.uk.com
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[ap-twitter-feed]Published Sep 25, 2017