641 new Mesothelioma cases notified in 2014 - Australian Mesothelioma Registry Report released 31 August 2015

The Australian Mesothelioma Registry reported on 31 August 2015 that as at 31 May 2015 the Registry had received 641 notifications of people newly diagnosed with Mesothelioma between 1 January 2014 and 31 December 2014. Of those newly diagnosed notifications, the overwhelming majority, 518, were males and 128 were females. Further, 85% were aged 65 years or over at the time of diagnoses.

Of 449 people on the Registry who had completed a questionnaire and phone interview, 268 people, that is, 59.7% (264 males and 4 females) provided information indicating possible or probable occupational asbestos exposure; 377 people, that is, 84% (294 males and 83 females) provided information indicating possible or probable asbestos exposure in non-occupational contexts; and 24 people, that is, 5.3% (17 Males and 7 females) provided no information indicating asbestos exposure above background levels in either occupational or non-occupational spheres.

At 31 May 2015, 605 mesothelioma patients on the Australian Mesothelioma Registry were recorded as having died in 2014. Where there was a known cause of death, 89%were recorded as due to mesothelioma.

The Registry was established in 2011and contains information about people diagnosed with mesothelioma in Australia from 1 July 2010. For further information see: Mesothelioma in Australia 2014, 4th annual report :