Mesothelioma and the UK
The death rate numbers and other vital statistics on mesothelioma in the UK are published each year by HSEs Epidemiology and Medical Statistics Unit (EMSU). These statistics are taken from the mesothelioma register that is maintained by the EMSU and lists all the death certificates were “mesothelioma” is mentioned. Although it affects both men and women, 85% ofÃ?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½mesothelioma deaths are male. 99% of those males are between the ages of 20-89.
According to the Royal Marsden NHS Trust in Surrey, the estimated death toll from mesothelioma will rise from near 1500 in 2000, to near double in 2020. However, for comparison, the first year that the registry was set up in 1968 the death toll was 153. This is a massive increase percentage-wise over the years. Now the Trust are studying a delayed form of chemotherapy and its response rate with mesothelioma as a possible new treatment. Chemotherapy in the UK is usually MVP (mitomycin, vinblastine, and cysplatin). There is now a national group working toward a single agent of vinorelbine and comparing chemotherapy with MVP.
For more information: www.hse.gov.uk.