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According to the HSE’s Annual Report for Great Britain, ill health accounts for 99% of work-related deaths.

Cancer is the biggest cause of work-related diseases, which includes mesothelioma and lung cancer due to asbestos exposure. The report shows that around 13,000 deaths each year are from work-related lung disease and cancer and are estimated to be attributed to past exposures.

2,538 people died from mesothelioma in 2013 (2,123 men and 415 women). The latest projections from HSE estimate that there will be around 2,500 deaths per year until 2020, before annual numbers begin to decline, with a prediction that they will reach less than 2,000 per year in 2030. 

The annual number of lung cancer deaths caused by asbestos is likely to be similar to the number of mesotheliomas.

There were 2,215 new cases of mesothelioma assessed for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB) in 2014 compared with 2,145 in 2013. Since the late 1990s, annual IIDB cases have tended to increase more rapidly than annual deaths, reflecting efforts to increase the proportion who claim over this period.

In 2013 there were also 217 deaths where asbestosis was recorded as the underlying cause.

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