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Mesothelioma: Death Certificates

Volume 504: debated on Friday 29 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many death certificates mentioning mesothelioma as (a) primary cause of death and (b) secondary cause of death have been issued in each of the last 10 years. (313768)

[holding answer 28 January 2010]: The number of mesothelioma deaths each year from 2001 to 2007 (the latest year for which data are available) where mesothelioma was recorded as (a) the underlying cause of death and (b) an associated cause of death, are shown in Table 1.

Table 1: Mesothelioma deaths in Great Britain recorded as such in the underlying or associated causes of deaths, 2001-2007

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

20061

20071

Underlying cause

1,758

1,763

1,801

1,866

1,919

1,942

2,035

Associated cause

99

96

66

94

120

102

107

1 Provisional

Source:

Health and Safety Executive British Mesothelioma Register

It is not possible to separately identify from readily available data the number of mesothelioma deaths before 2001 in each category since mesothelioma was not included within the framework used for classifying causes of death before then. A small number of deaths occur each year where mesothelioma is mentioned on the death certificate but not recorded as either the underlying or associated cause of death.