The rate of deaths due to mesothelioma has remained relatively stable over the 10 years for which data are available.
Data on the number of new cases of mesothelioma are collected nationally by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) in the National Cancer Statistics Clearing House, via the State Cancer Registries. Information on deaths from mesothelioma is also collected by the AIHW as part of the National Mortality Database. Data are available from 1982 to 2007 for the number of new cases, and from 1997 to 2007 for the number of deaths.
New cases diagnosed
> In 2007 there were 660 new cases of mesothelioma diagnosed in Australia. After declining between 2003 and 2006, the annual number of new cases of mesothelioma diagnosed have increased again to a new peak of 660 cases. This overall increase between 2006 and 2007 was almost entirely due to the increase in diagnoses for men (from 486 to 554 respectively). Over the period since 1982 the large majority of new cases have involved men: typically accounting for between 80% and 90% of new cases.
> In 2007, the age-standardised incidence rate of new cases of mesothelioma was 3 per 100 000 population. This rate has increased over time, from 1.2 cases in 1982 to a peak of 3.2 in 2003. In 2007, the highest age-specific incidence rate of new cases occurred among men aged 80–84 years: 56 cases per 100 000 population aged 80–84 years.
Deaths due to mesothelioma
> In 2007 there were 551 deaths attributed to mesothelioma. Data on the number of deaths due to mesothelioma are available for the years 1997 to 2007. Reflecting the incidence of new cases diagnosed, the overall number of deaths resulting from mesothelioma generally increased over the period between 1997 and 2007: reaching a maximum of 551 deaths in 2007.
> In 2007, the age-standardised rate of death due to mesothelioma was 2.4 deaths per 100 000 population. The overall age-standardised rate has remained relatively stable over the 10 years for which data are available. Over the period the standardised rate has ranged between a minimum of 2.1 deaths per 100 000 population in 1999 and a maximum of 2.7 in 2001.