The Australian Mesothelioma Registry (AMR) has released its third annual data report.
The report focuses on mesothelioma cases diagnosed during 2013 and notified to the Registry up to 31 May 2014.
Asbestos exposure information is also presented and is based on people diagnosed with mesothelioma who completed the survey recruitment process by 30 April 2014. Asbestos exposure is estimated through the completion of an exposure questionnaire and a personal interview that are designed to assess the likelihood of occupational and non-occupational exposure to asbestos.
As the AMR has only been fully operational since July 2010 there is not yet sufficient information to draw definitive conclusions about past asbestos exposures. However, over time this knowledge will accumulate and provide valuable insight into sources of asbestos exposure.
Key findings of the report include:
As at 31 May 2014:
- The AMR had received 575 notifications of people newly diagnosed with mesothelioma between 1 January and 31 December 2013. Of these people, 465 were males and 110 were females, and the majority (80.0%) were aged 65 years or over at the time of diagnosis.
- The age-standardised mesothelioma incidence rate in 2013 was 2.2 cases per 100 000 person-years.
- 218 (37.9%) mesothelioma patients diagnosed in 2013 were recorded as having died. Where the cause of death was known, 89.4% were recorded as being due to mesothelioma.
Of the 350 people who had completed the exposure assessments:
- 213 (60.9%) respondents were found to have ‘possible’ or ‘probable’ occupational asbestos exposure.
- 137 (39.1%) respondents provided no information to suggest they had occupational exposure.
- Of those, 114 people (54 males and 60 females) were found to have asbestos exposure in non-occupational contexts and 23 people provided no information to suggest they had asbestos exposure above background levels in either occupational or non-occupational spheres.
The Australian Mesothelioma Registry is funded by Safe Work Australia and Comcare and is managed under contract by the Cancer Institute New South Wales in association with the Monash Centre for Occupational & Environmental Health.
The report can be downloaded from the AMR website.