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 :